Special to Gatorsports.com
TAMPA – The No.7-ranked Florida softball team capped the USF-Rawlings Invitational with a pair of wins Sunday over Georgia State, 10-0 (5), and host USF, 6-1, at the USF Softball Stadium.
The Gators (4-1) hurled 12.2 innings of no-hit softball before the first hit was relinquished in the second game of the day. USF scored in the bottom of the sixth inning with two outs via a solo home run.
In the first game, freshman Rylee Trlicek (1-0, 1 S) dealt her first collegiate no-hitter in the five-inning win over Georgia State (1-3). The Hallettsville, Texas, native’s only base runner allowed was a hit-by-pitch issued in the bottom of the fourth inning with one out.
The left-hander also registered six strikeouts and needed only 67 pitches in the effort to become the first freshman pitcher to throw a no-hitter for the Gators since Kelly Barnhill in 2016.
The Gators bashed four home runs against the Panthers – which ties the single game opening weekend record.
The Gators pitching and offense continued to shine against USF. Junior Natalie Lugo hurled 5.2 innings of no-hit softball, but the first hit earned by the Bulls came after a 16-pitch at-bat by the Bulls ace Georgina Corrick.
Lugo forced Corrick to pop up out, but USF capitalized on the long at-bat and produced a solo home run to break up the no-hitter. Trlicek closed out the game to earn her first save of the season.
Eight different Gators registered a hit, with senior Jade Caraway going 2-for-3, along with Charla Echols and Jordan Roberts producing two RBIs a piece to pace the team at the dish.
Florida now gears up for a nine-game home stand that starts Tuesday with an exhibition against Team USA at 6 p.m.
Women‘s basketball: In a back-and-forth contest between two teams jockeying for position in the SEC standings, Florida (12-11, 3-7 SEC) came up short as it fell 49-43 to Georgia (13-11, 4-7) at the O’Connell Center. Florida next hosts Ole Miss at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Men‘s tennis: At West Lafayette, Ind., No. 3 Florida capped a 2-0 weekend over Big Ten opponents in its first road trip of the season, downing Purdue (6-4), 6-1. The win moves Florida to 9-1 ahead of next week’s National Team Indoor Championships in Madison, Wis. on Feb. 14-17.