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Hannah Adams and Kendyl Lindaman combined for a trio of solo home runs Tuesday to lift No. 7 Florida past Penn, 3-1, at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.
Lindaman gave the Gators (22-4) an early 1-0 lead over the Quakers (7-6) when she cranked a 3-2 offering from starting pitcher Jennifer Brann (5-2) over the center field wall.
Adams followed suit in her next at-bat as she led off the third inning with her third home run of the season that gave UF a 2-0 lead.
The pair of early homers provided sophomore right-hander Elizabeth Hightower (4-0) enough room to navigate through the Quakers lineup. Hightower hurled 3.0 innings of no-hit softball before she relinquished a one out single in the fourth frame and a SAC fly to center field that cut the lead down to one run.
With the score at 2-1 in favor of UF in the bottom of the fifth inning, Adams pushed the lead back out to two runs with her second solo home run in as many at-bats. The Hoschton, Ga. native lifted the 1-0 pitch from Brann over the center field wall to extend the lead out to 3-1.
Reliever Natalie Lugo allowed only one runner to reach base and struck four over the final 3.0 innings for her fifth save of the season.
Florida hosts No. 10 Florida State (17-6) at 6 p.m. Wednesday and then a three-game series with No. 24 Baylor on Friday through Sunday.
Lacrosse: No. 8 Florida breezed past No. 19 Navy,17-9, at Dizney Stadium.
Florida’s offense was in full gear, with Kassidy Bresnahan, Brianna Harris and Shannon Kavanagh each notching five goals in the win. The five goals is a career-high mark for Bresnahan, while Harris tied her career-best mark. Emily Heller and Madisyn Kittell each added a goal in the win.
Five difference Florida (6-2) players dished out at least one assist in the win, with Harris leading the way with two helpers. Grace Haus, Hannah Mardiney, Heller and Kavanagh each registered one apiece.
Florida controlled the draw, winning 18-of-28 on the afternoon. Kavanagh recorded a team-high seven, while Heller and Kaitlyn Dabkowski added four and three, respectively.
Defensively, the Gators held Navy’s leading scorers (Kelly Larkin, Nicole Victory, Kayla Harris) to 3-of-9 shooting, as the Midshipmen fell to 2-4.
Becky Browndorf recorded two caused turnovers to lead the team, while Heller, Bresnahan, Harr and Emma Wightman each pitched in one.
Sarah Reznick was lights out in the cage, recording a .533 save percentage with eight saves in 57 minutes of play.
The Gators return to action Saturday against the Brown Bears in Providence, R.I. Opening draw is set for 12 p.m. at Stevenson-Pincince Field.
Gymnastics: The Gator duo who earned perfect 10.0s last Saturday claim Southeastern Conference weekly honors. Sophomore Trinity Thomas is the SEC Gymnast of the Week and senior teammate Rachel Gowey claims the Specialist Gymnast of the Week award.
Thomas shared the league’s top total for the week (39.525) to win seventh consecutive all-around (and eighth overall of 2020) title at No. 25 Penn State. Her 10.0 floor routine was first of collegiate career and now nation’s only gymnast with a 10.0 on three events (bars, beam, floor)
Gowey posted two collegiate bests and a season best in Florida’s win. Her 10.0 on beam claimed here first event title of the season. She joins teammate Trinity Thomas to make Florida only team in nation with two to earn a 10.0 on beam in 2020.