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Following a victorious opening weekend double-header in Tampa Saturday, Florida third baseman Charla Echols won her first career SEC Player of the Week.

In two games against USF, the junior Newnan, Ga. native cruised through USF’s pitching staff, going 6-6 with six RBIs, a double, a triple and a home run.

Echols’, who led the Gators in batting batting average last year (.417), accomplished the best start through the first two games of the season in program history.

In the seventh inning of the first game, Echols hit a pivotal 2-RBI double to center field that broke a 3-3 tie. Later that inning, the junior scored the last run of the game, securing a 6-3 Florida win.

In her first at-bat of game two, Echols knocked her first career triple off the center-field wall to give Florida a quick 2-0 advantage. An inning later, she extended UF’s lead to 7-0 on a three-run shot to center field before capping off her historic day with a single and a walk.

Echols flashed in the field, too, where she snagged a low line drive and doubled up a USF baserunner in scoring position to keep the first game tied.

As the Gators return to Gainesville, Echols and company will prepare for their home-opener against Jacksonville Wednesday. The game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and will air on SEC Network+.

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