After dropping game one of Friday’s double-header, No. 8 Florida bounced back with a pair of 4-3 victories over Missouri to win its first SEC series of the season.
In Sunday’s series finale, the Gators trailed by a run entering the bottom of the seventh inning but scored two runs with two outs to prevail. Shortstop Skylar Wallace drove in center fielder Katie Kistler before Wallace scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch.
Senior southpaw Rylee Trlicek entered the circle in right-hander Elizabeth Hightower’s relief Sunday and earned the win to improve to 7-1 this year. The Texas native picked up her first save this season Friday after she pitched the last three innings of the second game in Hightower’s relief.
Sophomore right-hander Lexie Delbrey — who leads Florida with a 1.56 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP — started the series opener and allowed six earned runs across five innings en route to just her second loss this season.
At the plate, Wallace went 4-8 and extended her RBI-streak to five games. The redshirt junior hit her team-leading fifth triple of the season in game one followed by her team-leading seventh home run in game two. Wallace leads the SEC and ranks second in the nation in on-base percentage (.632).
The Gators improve to 22-5 (.815) overall and 14-2 at home.
Game 1 Box Score
Mizzou: 7 / 10 / 0
Florida: 3 / 5 / 0
Game 2 Box Score
Mizzou: 3 / 5 / 1
Florida: 4 / 8 / 3
Game 3 Box Score
Mizzou: 3 / 6 / 1
Florida: 4 / 8 / 0
Following their 11-game home stand, the Gators will head to DeLand, Florida, to face Stetson Wednesday before they travel to Fayetteville, Arkansas, this weekend to take on the No. 9 Razorbacks. Arkansas is 20-8 overall despite losing five of its past six games entering Sunday’s contest against Alabama. The Gators are 30-4 against Arkansas dating back to 2008, but the Hogs won all four meetings last year.