Final: Florida 3, Penn 1
The #7 Florida Gators prevailed over the Penn Quakers on Tuesday afternoon in the first ever meeting between the two teams. Florida improves to 22-4 overall (14-2 at home), while Penn drops to 7-6 (0-2 on the road).
Senior first-baseman, Kendyl Lindaman, got things started for Florida’s offense in the first inning when she cleared the centerfield wall for her sixth home run of the year. The solo shot gave Florida an early 1-0 advantage.
After surviving Florida’s batting order one time through without imploding, right-handed pitcher Jennifer Brann faced a rude awakening the second time through. Leadoff hitter, Hannah Adams, led off the bottom of the third with a solo home run of her own to right-center. Brann, however, managed to escape the inning having given up just two runs. Still, the Quakers trailed the Gators 2-0 entering the fourth inning.
In the circle for Florida, sophomore right-hander Elizabeth Hightower cruised through the first three innings without allowing a hit. In the top of the fourth, however, Penn loaded the bases and finally broke the shutout on Clare Sebastianelli’s sacrifice fly. Following the hiccup, Hightower managed to work her way out of the jam before Natalie Lugo took the circle the next inning.
In the bottom of the fifth, Hannah Adams once again delivered for the Gators, knocking her second solo home run of the game, this time to dead center. After the game, Florida head coach, Tim Walton, said Adams has “really come into her own” and “has become a lot more confident in her work.” Walton attributed Adams’ recent power surge to her mentality, claiming that she is “trying to hit the ball harder” as opposed to simply making contact.
Florida would carry a 3-1 lead all the way through the seventh frame, when Natalie Lugo recorded the final three outs to notch her 5th save and Florida’s 22nd win of the season.
- Adams (2-2, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB)
- Lindaman (2-2, HR, RBI, R, BB)
- Hightower (4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 5 K)
- Lugo (3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 5 K)
- Brann (6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K)
Win: Hightower (4-0)
Loss: Brann (5-2)
Save: Lugo (5)
The Gators will look to extend their winning streak tomorrow night at 6 ET as they take on #12 Florida State in the first meeting of the Sunshine Showdown.
As the weekend approaches, Florida will prepare for a 3-game home series against the #24 Baylor Bears. As for Penn, the Quakers will travel back to Philadelphia where they’ll face Yale in a 3-game home series this weekend.