After a perfect weekend at THE Spring Games in Longwood, FL, the ‘Noles made their way to Gainesville for a top 10 match up. Going into the evening, the Florida Gators ranked No. 7 in the polls. ‘Noles were led by Caylan Arnold in the circle, and for the Gators it was freshman Rylee Trliceck.
FSU got the game started on a high note when Elizabeth Mason took Trliceck yard in the 1st inning. Thanks to the work of Arnold, the score remained in favor of the Seminoles until the 3rd inning.
T1 1-0 FSU | GOODBYE! Elizabeth Mason puts the Noles on the board with a home run to right field! pic.twitter.com/nTYaaV427N— Florida State Softball (@FSU_Softball) March 11, 2020
In the 3rd inning, Kendyl Lindaman singled off of Arnold with two outs. After putting Lindaman on base, Arnold gave up a 2-run homerun to Charla Echols, giving the Gators the 2-1 lead.
The Gators put in Katie Chronister in relief for Trliceck in the 4th inning. The ‘Noles were able to get on base when Morgan Noah doubled and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Kaley Mudge. They were able to tack on another run when Leslie Farris reached base on a fielder’s choice. The throw home in attempt to get Morgan out was not successful and FSU tied it at 2-2.
T5 2-2 | TIE GAME! Leslie Farris pinch-hits and reaches on a fielder's choice as the throw home is not in time for Noah!— Florida State Softball (@FSU_Softball) March 11, 2020
Back on for the bottom of the 4th, Arnold got the first two Gators out before she allowed a 2 out double. Kathryn Sandercock came on in relief for Arnold and immediately saw Lindaman, who hit a 2-run homerun. This shot put the Gators back up 4-2.
The 6th inning, UF went to Natalie Lugo in relief for Chronister. FSU wasn’t able to get on base by hits. Only Mudge was able to reach on 2-out hit by pitch. She was left on when Chloe Culp struck out swinging. On the defense, Sandercock started to see Gators on the basepaths early in the bottom of the inning.
Julia Cottrill was able to reach on an FSU throwing error. E.C. Taylor was the pinch runner in this situation when Cheyenne Lindsey singled. Taylor was able to score from second, pushing the score to 5-2. Sandercock allowed a walk and got one out before Brianna Enter came on in relief. Enter got the final two outs without allowing anymore runs.
With Lugo back in the circle for the 7th, FSU went down in order. The ‘Noles dropped first game of Sunshine Showdown 5-2.
The No. 10 Noles fall to No. 7 Florida, 5-2, on Wednesday night. pic.twitter.com/2f6lBOg2YH— Florida State Softball (@FSU_Softball) March 12, 2020
Next game for FSU will be against Duke in Durham, NC March 13-15. All games will be on the ACC Network.