Gators Softball pitcher Elizabeth Hightower struck out five in the series clinching shutout of No. 17 Auburn Sunday afternoon at Jane B. Moore Field. Credit: UAA

Gators Softball Looks For 5th Straight Win in Midweek Game Against USF

Coming off a sweep in conference play against Ole Miss, the Florida Gators softball team is set for an in-state mid-week game Wednesday against the University of South Florida.

This will be the 72 all-time meeting between these two schools and the second one this season. The Gators come into the game ranked eighth in the country with a record of 34-9, while the Bulls are 35-11. At home, Florida holds a 28-9 advantage against USF following its sweep of Ole Miss this weekend. 

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Key Players 

Coming into the game, Florida has four players with at least 25 RBIs in Charla Echols, Reagan Walsh, Skylar Wallace and Hannah Adams. 

On the mound, Elizabeth Hightower and Lexie Delbrey have combined for 21 wins. The Gators have scored at least seven runs in their last four games. However, they did fall to Florida State in their last mid-week game. 

USF comes into this game on a two-game winning streak. In her last game, pitcher Georgina Corrick pitched a two-hit complete-game shutout and is 27-4 this year. Meghan Sheehan highlights the Bulls’ offense with a .320 batting average and has two home runs and 21 RBIs. Alexis Johns is hitting .376 and has scored 44 runs this year. 

Previous Meeting

The Gators had one of their strongest games of the year in their first matchup with USF. Not only did they score 12 runs, but the Gators also allowed only three hits in their 12-0 win. 

Hightower made the start and pitched four innings before Rylee Trlicek recorded the final nine outs. Offensively, Echols recorded two RBIs while eight other Gators drove in runs.

First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. Following this game, the Gators will stay in Gainesville to take on Arkansas for a weekend series starting on Friday. USF will travel to Tulsa for its weekend series, with the regular season coming to a close. 

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