NCAA Softball News

No. 8 Florida Splits Doubleheader with Missouri to Open SEC Action


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The eighth-ranked Florida softball team opened Southeastern Conference play with a doubleheader split Friday against Missouri at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. UF fell 3-7 in the first game of the day, but rebounded to even the series with a 4-3 win in game two.

The Gators (21-5, 1-1 SEC) found immediately found themselves in a battle with the Tigers (19-10, 1-4 SEC) in game one of the series. Missouri opened the game in the top of the 1st inning with a single from Jenna Laird, which was promptly followed by a two-run home run by Alex Honnold to give UM a 2-0 lead.

Skylar Wallace and the Orange & Blue answered back in the bottom of the 3rd inning to tie the game, 2-2, when she blasted her team-leading seventh home run of the year. Kendra Falby set the table for Wallace during the previous at-bat with a single through the left side.

Right-handed sophomore Lexie Delbrey (4-2) held the Tigers offense scoreless in the 4th inning, but MU broke the 2-2 tie in the 5th inning with a three-run home run by Honnold to go ahead 5-2. Missouri went on to tack on two more runs via a solo home run in the 6th inning and a SAC fly to right center in the 7th inning off reliever Samantha Bender.

In game two of the doubleheader, Missouri struck for an unearned run in the top of the 1st inning, but Florida regrouped and rebounded to tie the game in the bottom of the 3rd inning. With the bases loaded, Egan sent a shot out to second base which was then thrown away to score Kendra Falby from third base.

Sophomore Regan Walsh quickly broke the 1-1 tie and gave the Gators a 3-1…

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