After sweeping Ole Miss on the road last weekend, No. 8 Florida prevailed 1-0 over USF Wednesday in Gainesville to claim its fifth consecutive victory. The Gators improve to 35-9 overall and 17-7 at home.
Florida right-hander Elizabeth Hightower started in the circle and went the distance for her sixth time this year. The senior gave up just three hits and a pair of walks en route to picking up her 12th win this season.
USF right-hander Georgina Corrick — who boasts a sub 0.50 ERA and leads the nation with 27 wins — earned the start and allowed only one hit and three walks across six frames.
Florida right fielder Cheyenne Lindsey led off the bottom of the second with a single to break Corrick’s no-hit bid, but the game remained scoreless until the sixth inning.
With one out, Florida shortstop Skylar Wallace drew a walk before she stole her 37th base this season — third in the country — and advanced another 120 feet to home plate to score the go-ahead run.
In the top of the seventh, Hightower yielded two baserunners but escaped the jam after freshman left fielder Kendra Falby secured a sliding catch in foul territory to end the game.
USF: 0 / 3 / 1
#8 UF: 1 / 1 / 0
Win: Hightower (12-3)
Loss: Corrick (27-5)
RHP Hightower: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
- LF Falby: 0-3, 2 K
- SS Wallace: 0-2, R, BB, SB
- 3B Echols: 0-2, BB, K
- DP Walsh: 0-3
- RF Lindsey: 1-2, K
- C Wilkie: 0-1, BB, K
- CF Kistler: 0-2, 2 K
- 1B Longley: 0-2
- 2B Roe: 0-2
The Gators will prepare to welcome No. 10 Arkansas this weekend. The Razorbacks lead the SEC with a 11-4 conference record. Friday’s game is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. and will air on ESPNU.