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Four Gators Earn Spots on Several National Preseason Top 100 Lists

Four Gators Earn Spots on Several National Preseason Top 100 Lists

The Gators home opener is set for Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m. against Jacksonville.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Four Florida softball players were named to preseason Top 100 lists by D1Softball, Extra Inning Softball and Softball America ahead of the upcoming 2023 season.

Redshirt-junior Skylar Wallace, graduate senior Charla Echols, sophomore Kendra Falby each garnered Top 100 rankings from all three outlets, while graduate transfer Pal Egan earned rankings from Softball America and D1Softball.

In addition to the overall Top 100 rankings from each of the three national outlets, Extra Inning Softball ranked Wallace as the No. 4 overall shortstop, Echols the No. 3 overall third baseman and Falby the No. 7 overall outfielder in their position rankings released last week.

In 2022, Wallace put together a historic season as she is the only known player in NCAA Division I history to post at least 70 hits, 70 runs, 50 RBI and 50 stolen bases in a single season. Wallace earned NFCA Second Team All-American status helping lead the Gators back to the Women’s College World Series for the 11th time in program history.

Echols, a 2021 unanimous NFCA First Team All-American, enters her final season after she set the UF single-season record with an NCAA leading 10 sacrifice flies and also ranked 19th in the nation in RBI with 59. Falby looks to build on her success from her freshman campaign where she ranked 3rd in the nation in total hits (85), which was the most hits by an SEC freshman since 2013 when Florida’s own Kelsey Stewart produced 90 and Alabama’s Haylie McCleney notched 86.

Egan joined the Gators in the offseason as a graduate transfer after she had a successful 2022 season at Texas A&M – Corpus Christi where she was named the Southland Conference Player and Hitter of the Year.


The Gators are set to open the 2023 season Friday, February 10, at 7 p.m. against Boston University in Tampa, Fla. at USF’s opening weekend tournament.


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