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Trailing by one run entering the seventh inning, Florida right-hander Natalie Lugo allowed a walk and an infield single before Georgia catcher Payden Bordeau hit a three-run shot to open up a 4-0 lead.

In the bottom half, Bulldogs pitcher Mary Wilson Avant threw a one-two-three inning to cap off her 16th complete game this season.

Following three straight NCAA Regional victories last weekend, No. 4 Florida dropped game one of its Super Regional to Georgia 4-0 Friday at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.

After two hitless innings, Georgia right fielder Jaiden Fields led off the top of the third with a solo shot — her sixth home run this year — to center field.

The Gators drew a pair of walks in the bottom of the third but failed to get on the scoreboard. An inning later, first baseman Kendyl Lindaman hit a one-out double, but two quick outs stranded her in scoring position.

In the top of the fifth, Lugo found herself in a no-out, bases-loaded jam until she forced a groundout to third baseman Charla Echols. Echols got the force out at home before catcher Julia Cottrill threw a laser to third base where shortstop Sarah Longley applied the tag to pull off a clutch double play.

Florida managed only two baserunners across the final three frames. Center fielder Cheyenne Lindsey singled in the fifth inning and Lindaman — who provided Florida’s only offensive spark — knocked her second double of the game in the sixth.

Final (R/H/E)

Georgia: 4 / 6 / 0 

Florida: 0 / 3 / 0

Pitching Decision

Win: Avant (19-10)

Loss: Lugo (17-3)

Individual Stats

Lugo: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

Trlicek: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

  1. Adams: 0-2, 1 BB
  2. Wilkie: 0-3, 2 K
  3. Echols: 0-3
  4. Lindaman: 2-3, 2 2B
  5. Cottrill: 0-3, 2 K
  6. Hoover: 0-3, 2 K
  7. Goddard: 0-1, 1 BB, 1 K
  8. Longley: 0-2, 2 K
  9. Lindsey: 1-2

Rivalry Super Regional

The Gators will look to bounce back Saturday at noon on ESPN.

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