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No. 11 Gators take on series No. 8 Aggies in walk-off fashion

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The 11eThe ranked Florida softball team clinched its seventh Southeastern Conference series of the season with a 9-8 (8 inning) walk-off victory over No. 8 Texas A&M early Saturday afternoon at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium . The Orange and Blue end the 2024 regular season by winning seven of the eight SEC series played this year.

The Gators (42-12, 16-7 SEC) pulled off a dramatic victory in the bottom of the eighth inning over the Aggies (39-11, 15-8 SEC) thanks to a walk and a trio of hits. Mia Williams led the frame with a walk as she watched reliever Emiley Kennedy’s (20-9) 3-1 offering float outside the strike zone.

Now that the lineup is at the top of the rankings, Kendra Falby ripped her third hit of the game to center field for a single, which was then followed by Korbe Otis’ fourth hit of the game on a screamer in the middle of the infield to load the bases. Kennedy was able to recover with a strikeout, but the Gator’s high-powered lineup set up a sophomore Jocelyn Erickson. Erickson scored Kennedy 2-2 before delivering the knockout blow to left field via her RBI single that scored Williams for the winning run.

Freshman Ava Brown (15-5) turned in her eighth complete game effort of the year. The Montgomery, Texas native threw 149 pitches and tied her season high with five strikeouts.

Florida took an early lead and by the end of the second inning, the Orange & Blue collected eight runs on nine hits to take an 8–2 lead. A trio of RBI doubles crushed by Otis, Skylar Wallace and Brown gave the team a 3-0 lead in the first, while the highlight of the second inning was Otis’ grand slam in the second. Reagan Walsh placed the eighth run on a SAC fly to left field.

Texas A&M squandered Florida’s lead for the rest of the game when they scored one in the third on a solo home run, three runs in the fifth after a pair of UF errors and two in the top of the seventh on a two-RBI single that tied the game at 8-8.

The Gators and the Aggies will play the series finale on Sunday, May 5 at 1:00 PM ET to conclude the regular season.

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