Final: Florida 5, Florida State 2

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The #7 Florida Gators took the first of two meetings with the #12 Florida State Seminoles at home on Wednesday night by a score of 5-2. Florida improves to 23-4 (15-2 at home), while Florida State drops to 17-7 overall (2-1 on the road).

Game Summary

After surrendering an opposite-field solo home run to Elizabeth Mason in the first inning, Florida southpaw Rylee Trlicek settled in smoothly. The freshman threw 4 innings while allowing 2 earned runs on just 2 hits.

In the bottom of the third, Florida pulled off an impressive 2-out rally to take its first lead of the game. Kendyl Lindaman reached base safely on a bloop-single into shallow right field. 3-hole hitter, Charla Echols, followed that up with her team-leading 8th home run of the season to give the Gators a 2-1 lead. Seminoles centerfielder, Kaley Mudge, nearly robbed the home run, but the ball had just enough juice on it to clear the fence untouched.

After a scoreless fourth inning, Florida State second-baseman, Morgan Noah, led off the top of the fifth with a double to left field. Following the extra-base hit, Florida made the first pitching change of the game as Gainesville native Katie Chronister entered the circle in relief for Trlicek. After advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt, Noah beat Chronister’s throw home on a chopper that barely reached the pitcher’s circle to tie the game up at 2 runs a piece.

In the bottom half of the inning, Florida State pulled starting pitcher, Caylan Arnold, after she gave up a 2-out double to Hannah Adams. Florida head coach, Tim Walton, said after the game that he was pleased with the Gators’ offensive performance against a “pretty good pitcher” in Arnold. Considering Arnold entered tonight’s game with a jaw-dropping 1.14 ERA, “pretty good” is an understatement.

Sophomore right-hander Kathryn Sandercock replaced Arnold in the circle and faced a rough welcoming as Kendyl Lindaman went yard for the 7th time this season. Lindaman’s opposite-field-2-run homer put the Gators back on top, 4-2. Following the game, Tim Walton called Lindaman a “special kind of hitter” and noted how he “doesn’t take anything for granted with [Lindaman].”

Florida added an insurance run in the sixth on Cheyenne Lindsey’s RBI-single to extend its lead to 5-2. Pinch-runner, E.C. Taylor, scored from second base on the play after filling in for Julia Cottrill after Cottrill reached base on an error by the right fielder.

In the top of the seventh, Natalie Lugo tossed a quick 1-2-3 inning to secure her 6th save and Florida’s 23rd win of the season.

Notable Stats

  • Florida improved 27-7 all-time vs FSU
  • Florida is now 20-6 vs FSU under head coach, Tim Walton
  • Lindaman (2-2, 2 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB)
  • Echols (1-1, 2 RBI, 1 R, 2 BB)
  • Trlicek (4 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K)
  • Lugo (2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K)

Pitching Decision

Win: Chronister (3-0)

Loss: Arnold (5-3)

Save: Lugo (6)

Looking Ahead

The Gators will continue their homestead this weekend as the #24 Baylor Bears come to town for a 3-game series. Meanwhile, the Seminoles will travel north this weekend for their first conference series of the year against Duke.

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