CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif.- No.9 Florida concluded its stay at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic with a 6-3 victory over Nebraska at Big League Dreams park Sunday morning. The Gators (16-2) finished the weekend going 4-1 with three wins over Top 25 opponents.
Down 1-0 headed into the 3rd frame of the final game of the Mary Nutter against the Huskers (6-8), the Gators rallied to take the lead 2-1. Julia Cottrill provided the spark with her leadoff double down the right field line and Jaimie Hoover kept it alive with a one-out full-count walk. Natalie Lugo (6-1) worked out of a one-out jam in the 5th inning of play.
Nebraska produced a triple down the right field line with one out, but Lugo rallied in the circle to strike out the next two batters and preserve a 2-1 lead.
Florida pushed across three more runs in the 5th inning to take a 5-1 lead. Hannah Adams drew a walk on a 3-1 count to start the frame and Kendyl Lindaman roped a double down the left field line in the next at-bat to set up Charla Echols SAC fly to left field. Jordan Roberts plated pinch-runner Mia Buffano and Baylee Goddard on a laser double to right-center field. Buffano enter to run for Lindaman and Goddard reached on a fielding error by the third baseman.
Nebraska closed the lead down to 5-3 on a two-run home run to left field. The Huskers forced Lugo from the circle and prompted the entrance of senior Katie Chronister. Chronister issued a walk to the first batter faced and the Husker found her way to third, but the Gators ended the threat with a pair of groundouts.
Chronister earned her first save of the season.
Cottrill's day at the wasn't over as she put a cap on the scoring with her second double of the day. The RBI extra-base knock drove home Goddard who reached via hit-by-pitch to leadoff the frame. Cottrill finished the day 2-for-3 at the plate with a run scored and an RBI.
Lugo reentered the game in the bottom of the 7th to secure the victory for the Gators. She struck out eight, allowed one walk and four hits through six innings.