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Gators swamp Bulldogs in no-hitter series opener

1687 days ago
Florida Athletics

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The No. 1-ranked University of Florida softball team (43-3/13-3 SEC) defeated Mississippi State (24-21/3-13 SEC), 16-0 (five innings), in the opener of the teams' three-game Southeastern Conference series on Friday at KSP Stadium. Sophomore Kayli Kvistad recorded five RBI to go along with a pair of home runs and junior Delanie Gourley (14-2) threw the third no hitter of her career as she notched four strikeouts and allowed just three walks in five shutout innings.

Gourley joins Hannah Rogers as the only Gators to throw three no hitters. In addition, Gourley is now one of four Gators (Hannah Rogers, 2013; Stacey Nelson, 2009, Beth Dieter, 2000) to throw two no hitters in one season.

The Lakeside, Calif. native previously no-hit South Dakota on March 9 in the second game of a doubleheader. Gourley recorded her first-career no no during her freshman season on May 16, 2014 against Florida A&M.

All three of Gourley's no hitters have come in five-inning run-rule victories.

Gourley and Rogers are only two Gators throw no hitters against the Bulldogs. Rogers no hit MSU on April 5, 2013.

Florida grabbed the momentum in the first inning on Wednesday and never looked back.

After Florida's left-hander struck out the side in the top of the first, the Gators scored seven runs on six hits in the bottom half of the inning.

Sophomore Kayli Kvistad and senior Taylore Fuller each hit a two-run home run, while Janell Wheaton (double), Aubree Munro (single), and Justine McLean (single) all recorded RBI hits sandwiched in-between those homers.

Friday's contest entered a brief eight-minute rain delay in the bottom of the first prior to Fuller's home run.

With the Gators still leading the Bulldogs, 7-0, in the middle of the third inning, the game entered another rain delay, which lasted one hour and five minutes.

After played resumed in the bottom of the third, Florida added five runs on four hits to extend the Gators lead to 12-0. During that frame, Kvistad hit her second two-run homer of the game and sophomore Nicole DeWitt mashed a two-run bomb to right-center field. Senior Kelsey Stewart got things going during that inning with an RBI single up the middle with no one out.

UF added four runs on four hits in the bottom of the fourth to bring the game to its final score of 16-0. On Friday, Mississippi had only three baserunners all night, as Gourley yielded walks in the second, fourth and fifth innings.

After Friday's shutout, Florida has not allowed a run in 20 consecutive innings. The Gators season-long streak is 30 innings, which began on March 19 against Tennessee and ended on March 26 at LSU.