After defeating Missouri in its first SEC series this season, Florida right-hander Lexie Delbrey dealt a one-hit complete game Wednesday en route to a 4-1 road victory over Stetson.
Delbrey yielded just one run via a two-out solo shot in the bottom of the seventh inning. The sophomore Bainbridge, Georgia, native hit the first batter she faced but settled in to record 20 straight outs. Through eight starts this year, Delbrey leads Florida with five complete games and boasts a team-low 1.47 ERA and a 0.70 WHIP.
Following the non-conference win, the Gators improve to 23-5 overall (.821) and maintain a perfect 5-0 away record.
Florida head coach Tim Walton made some lineup adjustments as shortstop Skylar Wallace led off in the absence of outfielder Kendra Falby. Wallace extended her hit streak to six games with a double in the top of the fifth before she and center fielder Katie Kistler scored on second baseman Reagan Walsh’s two-out double down the left-field line.
An inning later, Florida scored a pair of insurance runs to extend its lead to 4-0. Freshman designated player Olivia Gigante hit a leadoff double into the right-center gap before right fielder Pal Egan walked to put two runners aboard. Sophomore catcher Sam Roe laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the baserunners into scoring position with only one out for freshman left fielder Kaila Pollard. On a full count, Pollard poked a two-run single into right-center.
Florida: 4 / 8 / 0
Stetson: 1 / 1 / 0
Win: Delbrey (5-2)
Loss: Marien (7-5)
RHP: Delbrey: 7 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
- SS Wallace: 1-4, 2 K
- 2B Walsh: 1-4, 2 RBI
- 3B Echols: 2-4, K
- DP Gigante: 1-4
- RF Egan: 1-2, BB
- C Roe: 0-1, K
- LF Pollard: 1-3, 2 RBI, K
- 1B A. Goelz: 0-3
- CF Kistler: 1-2, BB
Second SEC Series On Deck
The No. 8 Gators will head west to Fayetteville, Arkansas, to face the No. 12 Razorbacks this weekend in a three-game series. It will mark Florida’s second conference series and first road SEC series this season. Despite losing all four games against the Hogs last year, Florida prevailed in each of its 30 previous meetings dating back to 2008. The series opener is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday’s contest will air on ESPN2 at 9 p.m.
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