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Gators Softball pounds North Dakota 7-1

Wilkie hits first career grand slam
Published: Mar. 17, 2021 at 10:07 PM EDT
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - After coming off an exhibition loss to Team USA, Florida returned to its winning tradition by defeating North Dakota 7-1 at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium on Wednesday.

The fifth ranked Gators (18-2) jumped out to a 4-0 lead, thanks to freshman catcher Emily Wilkie. Wilkie came to bat with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the first, and facing a full count, she bashed a monstrous moonshot over the scoreboard in left center for her first career grand slam.

That was Wilkies only hit in the two times she stepped to the plate, but did draw a walk as well to finished one for two on the night.

Florida extended their lead to 5-0 in the bottom of the second, when Hannah Adams hit a rocket at the Fighting Hawks (8-14) first baseman, that caromed off her glove, and in to right field to score Cheyenne Lindsey. That was Adams lone hit of the night, as she went one for three with a run scored and a base on balls.

The Gators tacked on two more in the bottom of the fourth when first baseman Kendyl Lindaman slapped a single through the left side to plate Lindsey, followed by Charla Echols sacrifice fly that brought home Adams.

Riley Trlicek collected her first win of the season for the orange and blue. She allowed just one run on four hits, while striking out two and only issuing one walk. Natalie Lugo, Elizabeth Hightower, and Katie Chronister each tossed one inning of relief as North Dakota didn’t demonstrate much resistance against the Gators top hurlers.

Florida will take Thursday off in preparation for their weekend series against Southeastern Conference foe Mississippi State.

First pitch goes out at 7 p.m. Friday night.

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