GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The eighth-ranked Florida softball team downed Bucknell, 8-0 (6 innings), in a midweek contest Wednesday evening at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.
The Gators (20-4) reached the 20-win mark behind solid pitching performances from Rylee Trlicek, Samantha Bender (1-0) and Olivia Gigante. Trlicek received the start in the circle and hurled a perfect three innings with five strikeouts before she gave way to Bender, who pitched the most effectively in relief for two innings, and then was relieved by Gigante for the final frame of action.
Overall, the trio of pitchers held the Bison (7-14) scoreless for the one-hit, run-rule victory on just 59 combined pitches. It’s also the fourth one-hitter of the season for the Orange & Blue.
Offensively, Florida was consistent at the plate as the team produced 11 hits in the game. Leading the way was Skylar Wallace (2-for-3), Charla Echols (2-for-4) and Olivia Gigante (2-for-4), while Kendra Falby, Reagan Walsh, Sam Roe, Avery Goelz and Katie Kistler each tallied a hit in the game.
The Gators opened up the scoring in the 1st inning of action thanks to a one-out double by Wallace, which was then followed by Echols’ RBI single up the middle. Walsh stretched out the lead to 2-0 later in the frame with her infield single to first that drove home Echols.
Florida scored two more runs in the 3rd inning to take a 4-0 lead over Bucknell. The rally started when Wallace drilled her sixth home run of the year to lead off the inning and Goelz expanded UF’s lead via an RBI single up the middle that scored Trlicek, who pinch-ran out…
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