BATON ROUGE, La. - The ninth-ranked Florida softball bounced back to defeat No. 19 LSU, 6-1, in convincing fashion Saturday afternoon at Tiger Park. UF pounded out 12 hits and received stellar defensive play along with a two-hit pitching performance.
The Gators (37-13, 12-11 SEC) picked up a two-hit gem thrown by freshman Lexie Delbrey (12-2) and junior Rylee Trlicek. Delbrey, a native of Bainbridge, Ga., hurled a no-hitter until it was broken up by a solo home run from Tigers' (32-18, 11-9 SEC) leadoff Shelbi Sunseri in the seventh. Trlicek shut the door and recorded the final three out of the game and only relinquished one additional hit.
Senior Cheyenne Lindsey set the tone for the day at the plate as the Chattanooga, Tenn. native belted her third home run of the season to give Florida an early 1-0 lead in the first inning off of Tigers' starter Shelby Wickersham (2-5). Sophomore Katie Kistler extended the lead out to 2-0 when she picked up the first of her three hits on the day to drive in Reagan Walsh on a RBI single to left field.
Florida added runs in the second, third, four and fifth frames to push its lead out to 6-0 over LSU. With the bases loaded in the second, redshirt-junior Skylar Wallace ripped an RBI single down the left field line to give UF a 3-0 lead, while Avery Goelz ripped a hard-hit ball out to left field that Ali Newland failed to reel in a spring towards the infield that scored Kistler in the third inning.
Kistler continued her hot-hitting streak into the fourth frame and gave the Gators a 5-0 lead via an RBI single to center field that scored Lindsey from third base.
To compliment her day at the plate, Kistler kept the Tigers out of the hit column and off the scoreboard with her sensational catch over the left field wall that robbed Sunseri of a two-run home run. The Orange Park, Fla. native reached over the wall with her glove hand and flipped the ball back over to her bare hand to secure the second out of the inning. Wallace drove in the Gators final run of the contest with a tailing shot down the left field line that jammed at the base of the left field wall at the foul line to score Avery Goelz.
Kistler finished the game 3-for-4 at the plate, while Wallace and Lindsey notched multi-hit games as both went 2-for-4. In addition, five other Gators registered hits in today's game.
Florida now looks to claim the series against the Tigers at 12 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
- Today's 12 hits were the sixth time this season that the Gators have registered 10 or more hits in a game.
- Katie Kistler, Cheyenne Lindsey and Skylar Wallace each notched multi-hit games today. Kistler's 3-for-4 performance with two RBI tied her career-high for hits and RBI.
- The Gators two-hit performance hurled by Lexie Delbrey and Rylee Trlicek is the second of the season for the Gators against an SEC opponent.