The Gators followed up Tuesday’s win in Jacksonville with another run-rule victory over the Dolphins Wednesday in Gainesville.
Florida’s 11-0 win marks its largest margin of victory in a home opener in program history. It also marks the first time in program history that Florida won its first five games of the season via five-inning run-rules.
The Gators needed only four frames of at-bats to tally 11 runs on 11 hits. Senior third baseman Charla Echols drove in a season-high four runs and went yard for the second night in a row.
Shortstop Skylar Wallace followed up Tuesday’s 4-RBI performance by going 2-2 at the plate with a double, a triple, and a sacrifice fly.
Leadoff hitter Kendra Falby extended her hit streak to five games after the sophomore outfielder hit a pair of singles in the first two innings.
In the bottom of the fourth, junior catcher Emily Wilkie capped off the scoring with a pinch-hit, three-run bomb onto the roof of Florida’s bullpen in left.
In the circle, Florida southpaw Rylee Trlicek made her third start this season and faced only 15 batters across four innings. The senior Texas native struck out two Dolphins en route to earning her third win already this year. In the top of the fifth, freshman right-hander Olivia Gigante entered the game and sealed Florida’s fifth straight win to start the season.
Jacksonville: 0 / 2 / 0
No. 3 Florida: 11 / 11 / 0
LHP Trlicek (W, 3-0): 4 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
RHP Gigante: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
- LF Falby: 2-2
- RF Goddard: 0-3
- SS Wallace: 2-2, 2 RBI, 2B, 3B
- 3B Echols: 2-3, 4 RBI, HR (2)
- 2B Walsh: 1-3, RBI
- DH Roe: 0-2
- 1B A. Goelz: 1-2
- C Longley: 1-2
- PH Wilkie: 1-1, 3 RBI, HR (1)
- CF Kistler: 1-1, RBI
Florida will prepare to host the T-Mobile Tournament this weekend at KSP Stadium. The Gators will play UConn Friday at 6 p.m. ahead of back-to-back doubleheaders. They’ll face Bowling Green and UConn in a rematch Saturday before they take on Central Michigan and Delaware State Sunday.