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No. 8 Gators Clinch Series with Walk-Off Win in Finale Over Tigers


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The series finale between the eighth-ranked Florida softball team and Missouri came down to the final out as the Orange & Blue clinched the series with a 4-3 win in walk-off fashion Sunday afternoon at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.

The Gators (22-5, 2-1 SEC) claimed their first Southeastern Conference series of the year, 2-1, with the victory over the Tigers (19-11, 1-5 SEC).  

UF turned in a complete-team effort to secure the victory as seven different players notched a hit in the contest, including Skylar Wallace’s 2-for-4 performance at the plate with two stolen bases, the game-tying RBI single and scored the game-winning run on a ball in the dirt thrown by Taylor Pannell.

At the beginning of the game, Missouri jumped out ahead 2-0 via a bases loaded RBI walk in the top of the 1st inning and a solo home run in the 3rd inning of action.

However, Florida fought back and tied the game in the 4th inning 2-2. Charla Echols led off the frame with a walk, which was then followed up by a line drive double off the bat of Reagan Walsh that put runners on second and third with no outs.

The Tigers opted for a pitching change and brought in Laurin Krings in relief of starter Jordan Weber. Krings battled with UF right fielder Pal Egan to which Egan placed a ground ball to the right side of the Missouri infield that allowed Echols to score easily from first base.

Avery Goelz tied the game 2-2 when she plated Walsh on an RBI infield single to second base.

The Gators also made a change in the circle in the top half of the 4th inning before the game was tied up….

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