After being swept by No. 7 Arkansas last weekend, No. 9 Florida bounced back at home Wednesday with a 5-0 shutout victory over in-state foe Stetson. The Gators improve to 36-12 overall and 18-10 at home this season.

After two scoreless innings, Florida second baseman Skylar Wallace led off the bottom of the third with a walk before the redshirt junior stole her 41st base this year — first in the SEC and third in the nation.

The next batter, right fielder Cheyenne Lindsey, laid down a bunt that led to an errant Stetson throw and allowed Wallace to score from second base. Third baseman Charla Echols extended Florida’s lead after she drove home Lindsey on a first-pitch double down the line.

The Gators tacked on an insurance run in each of the next three innings to take a commanding 5-0 advantage into the top of the seventh.

Florida right-hander Lexie Delbrey started in the circle and was perfect through five innings barring a pair of infield singles and a hit-by-pitch. Junior southpaw Rylee Trlicek came in for relief in the top of the sixth and delivered back-to-back strikeouts to retire the side. In the seventh, senior right-hander Elizabeth Hightower struck out the side to clinch the shutout win.

Final (R/H/E)

Stetson: 0 / 2 / 3

#9 Florida: 5 / 10 / 1

Pitching Decision

Win: Delbrey (11-2)

Loss: Klein (8-8)

Individual Stats

RHP Delbrey: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

LHP Trlicek: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

RHP Hightower: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

  1. 2B Wallace: 0-3, R, RBI, BB, K, SB (41)
  2. RF Lindsey: 2-4, R, K, SB
  3. 3B Echols: 2-3, RBI
  4. DP Walsh: 1-2, RBI
  5. C Roe: 1-3
  6. LF Kistler: 1-2, R, HBP
  7. SS K. Goelz: 0-3
  8. 1B A. Goelz: 1-2
  9. CF Falby: 2-3, R, SB

Trip to the Bayou

The Gators will head to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, this weekend to take on No. 19 LSU. The series opener is scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m.

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