GAINESVILLE, Fla. — No. 4 Florida shut out Tennessee State, 6-0, on Day 2 of the Bubly Invitational on Saturday afternoon at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. It was the eighth shutout of the season produced by UF pitchers and the second hit of the year.
Second year Haley Pittman (1-0) got her first collegiate start for the Gators (19-1) and the left-hander delivered 4.0 innings of quality work against the Tigers (6-11). The Montgomery, Alabama native limited the offense to just one hit, a pair of walks and struck out two for her first collegiate victory.
Pittman combined with Marissa Mesiemore and Rylee Trlicek for the Gators’ second, combined first, hit of the season and 27and an overall combined hitter in program history.
At home plate, the Gators found their rhythm in the 3rd game inning and took a 4-0 lead over the Tigers to break the scoreless tie. Second year Katie Kistler started the rally with a double to left center field and stole third for the third stolen base of the season.
The Orange Park, Florida native was brought home by a fifth-year senior Hannah Adams just one on the diving shot of Tennessee State shortstop Lauren Farias. Adams quickly stole second and third base to move into scoring position and was carried home as a senior Charla Echols fourth sacrificial fly of the season.
First-year student Reagan Walsh capped the frame with her second home run of the Bubly Invitational, third of the season, as she drove TSU starting pitcher Raven Loveless’ 2-1 bid to the center field wall to tag herself and Skylar Wallace.
Mesiemore, a graduate transfer, relieved Pittman in the top half of the 5and inning and pulled out the TSU side in order to bring UF back to home plate.
Echols extended the Gators’ lead to 6-0 over the Tigers in the bottom of 5and inning via an RBI single in the heart of the Tigers infield. The hit scored Adams from second and moved Wallace to third, which paved the way for a sacrificial fly from Walsh for his third RBI of the game.
Mesiemore continued to deal in the 6and inning as she dropped the Tigers team in the order for the second consecutive frame. The native of Bushnell, Florida, was relieved at the top of the 7and after 2.0 innings of quality work by Trlicek. Trlicek, a Hallettsville, Texas native, struck out three of Tennessee State’s last four batters to close out the game.
The Gators are scheduled to close out the Bubly Invitational with back-to-back games against Coastal Carolina at 11:30 a.m. and Georgia State at 2 p.m.
- Kendra Falby tied the record for longest hitting streak by a Florida freshman in program history with Kelsey Stewart.
- Kendra Falby – 12 games (February 19, 2022 – present)
- Kesley Stewart – 12 games (April 10 – May 3, 2013)
- This marks 20 straight games that she has reached base.
- Haley Pittman started his first career game in the circle in Saturday afternoon’s game against Tennessee State.
- Set career highs in a single game with 4.0 innings pitched and two strikeouts.
- This is Pittman’s first combined single shot of his career.
- Hannah Adams won his ninth multi-hit game of the season with a double and two singles.
- She also recorded two stolen bases on the day, improving her total to 11 on the year.
- The two stolen bases tie a career high for the Hoschton, Georgia native.
- Reagan Walsh smashed a two RBI homer, his third of the season, late in the third, improving his base streak to 17 games.
- She has recorded one extra hit in three straight games and is on a four-game hitting streak.
- Skylar Wallace improved his baseline streak to 11 games by working two walks and a single in the contest.
- She has now walked twice in five games this season.
- The Gators stole six bases for the second straight game and have stolen 60 bases this season.
- The team led the nation in the category entering the weekend.
- Both Falby and Wallace have stolen 19 bases so far this season.
- The last time Florida saw two players steal at least 18 bases in a season was in 2017. Justine McLean (18-19) and Jacqui Switzer (18-20)
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