Hannah Adams’s third walk-off hit of the season lifted No. 7 Florida to a 2-1, 11-inning softball win over Auburn on a chilly Saturday night at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. UF also secured the series against AU.
Sophomore Cheyenne Lindsey set the stage Adams’ heroics in the 11th inning with her single back to the circle, which was followed by Jaimie Hoover’s single to center field and Sophia Reynoso loaded the base when she reached on an error during a SAC bunt.
Adams drove the 2-0 pitch to the gap in left center field to plate Lindsey for the game-winning run.
The Gators (20-4, 2-0 SEC) were locked in a pitchers’ duel with the Tigers (14-10, 0-2), as starters Natalie Lugo and Samantha Yarbrough battled for 9.1 and 10.0 innings respectively. Lugo held Auburn to just one run on four hits and struck out nine batters before she gave way to senior left-hander Katie Chronister (2-0) in the 10th inning.
With one out in the 10th frame, Chronister inherited a runner on first and relinquished a laser single just past the outstretched glove of Charla Echols down the third base line before she settled in. Chronister struck out the next batter and forced a fielder’s choice groundout to Sophia Reynoso at short to get out of the jam.
The Tigers attempted to steal the game in the 11th inning when a leadoff walk and a defensive miscue put two runners on with no outs, but Chronister worked her way out of the inning with a fielder’s choice SAC bunt putout to third and a pair of swinging strikeouts.
Yarbrough was relieved in the bottom of the 11th inning by K.K. Dismukes (0-1) after she threw 174 pitches and faced 42 Gators at the plate.
Before the contest went to extra-innings, each team plated a single run in regulation. Auburn struck first in the 4th when Brittany Maresette drove home Jadia Jones on a single to left field and Florida tied the game in the 6th frame on Lindsey’s clutch single up the middle to score pinch-runner E.C. Taylor.
Florida goes for the series sweep starting at 3 p.m. today in a game televised on the SEC Network.
Women’s golf: No. 9 Florida holds a four-stroke lead after the first 36 holes of the Gators Invitational on Saturday at Mark Bostick Golf Course.
The Gators shot 4 over in the opening round of the event, and six over in the second round to finish the day at 10-over 570. Virginia Tech is in second place at 14-over 574.
On the individual leaderboard, UCF’s Tunrada Piddon has a two-stroke lead at 1-under 139. Piddon is the only player in the field to record an under-par score through 36 holes.
Annabell Fuller led the Gators through the first two rounds. The freshman opened the tournament with a 69 and then followed that up with a 73 to finish at 2 over on the day and fourth on the individual leaderboard.
Clara Manzalini is right behind Fuller, recording a 3 over through her first 36 holes to sit in a tie for fifth. Marina Escobar went into the clubhouse at 4 over on the day and in sole possession of ninth place individually. Senior Marta Perez opened her final VyStar Gators Invitational at 5-over par to put her in a tie for 10th.
After a first-round 77, Addie Baggarly hit her stride in the afternoon. The junior had three birdies and only one blemish through her second 18 holes for a 1-under 69. Baggarly’s under-par performance moved her up 26 spots on the leaderboard, putting her in a tie for 13th heading into the final round.
Florida also has four individuals competing in the event — Elin Esborn, Jenny Kim, Carlotta Ricolfi and Lauren Waidner. Kim currently leads the group at 7 over and in a tie for 17th.
The final round is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. today with a shotgun start.
Lacrosse: No. 5 Florida topped High Point in an offense-powered 17-10 win at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.
“We came out of the locker room a little slow, but credit High Point, they did a great job,” UF coach Amanda O’Leary said. “They came in and pressured us. We knew they were going to do it, but it’s very hard to replicate that pressure. We adapted well in the second half, but in the first half, it really put us on our heels. Something we need to work on is handling that pressure.”
Brianna Harris led the offensive charge with five goals, tying her career-best mark. Shannon Kavanagh added four, while Emily Heller posted a career-high three goals on the afternoon.
Emerson Cabrera added two goals, while Shelton Sawers, Maggie Corbo and Kassidy Bresnahan each recorded a goal in the game.
Harris dished out three assists for a career-high eight total points on the day, while Grace Haus added three helpers of her own in the win. Corbo, Kavanagh and Sarah Mackey each posted an assist on the afternoon as well.
Florida (5-2) dominated the draw circle, coming up with 21-of-29 draws in the game. Kavanagh led the way with 13 draw controls, tying both her career-high mark and the second-highest total in program history. Kaitlyn Dabkowski registered four draw controls, while Heller added two.
Defensively, the Gators caused 10 turnovers and held the Panthers (1-4) to a .307 clip (10-of-27 shooting).
The Gators are right back in action at home against No. 17 Navy starting at 12 p.m. Tuesday.