No. 8 Gators reward Walton with milestone wins

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Florida coach Tim Walton talks with Hannah Adams between innings during an exhibition game against Team USA at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]
Florida softball coach Tim Walton picked up career win No. 900 when his Gators defeated North Dakota State 5-0 in the first game of the Bubly Invitational at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. He quickly picked up win No. 901 when UF routed Longwood 9-0 later Friday.
Walton, in his 18th season as a head coach, is the second fastest coach to reach 900 NCAA Division I wins in softball history. He now owns a record of 901-232 (.795).
The No. 8 Gators (7-1) again play NDS at 11:30 a.m. and Longwood at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Florida cranked out at least 10 hits for the third time in seven games played this season in the shutout win over North Dakota State. Sophomore Cheyenne Lindsey and Charla Echols both notched their third multi-hit games of the season as Lindsey was 2-for-3 and Echols was 2-for-4 in the effort.
Freshman Rylee Trlicek (3-0) hurled 6.1 shutout innings and limited the Bison to just four hits on 79 total pitches for her third win of the season. Sophomore Elizabeth Hightower entered in relief to close out the game.
In the second game against Longwood, the Gators were able to produced its third shutout of the season thanks to the efforts of junior Natalie Lugo and sophomore Danni Farley.
Lugo hurled 3.0 innings of no-hit softball before Farley entered in relief in the 4th inning. Farley limited the Lancers to just a pair of hits over the final two frames to secure the run-rule win.
Offensively, sophomore Charla Echols caught fire going 2-for-3 with a pair of home runs that pushed across five of the nine runs on the day. Kendyl Lindaman and Sophia Reynoso also notched multi-hit games as the both went 2-for-3.