GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida softball team took on Saint Leo Thursday evening in its third exhibition of the fall and outscored the Lions 14-1 over the 10-inning affair. The Orange & Blue produced 18 hits, of which 10 went for extra bases, and held the opposition to just four hits.
The Gators jumped out in front early over the Lions with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning of play. Korbe Otis and Skylar Wallace started the scoring as Otis ripped a single down the left field line, which was promptly followed by Wallace’s first triple of the fall to score Otis and give the Orange & Blue a 1-0 lead. Jocelyn Erickson drove in Wallace during the next at-bat on a SAC fly to left field to extend the lead out to 2-0.
Keagan Rothrock saw her first action of the fall as she started in the circle for UF. The freshman right-handed pitcher hurled three scoreless innings to start the game and racked up four strikeouts to maintain a 2-0 lead over Saint Leo.
Florida’s offense struck again in the third inning of action and Kendra Falby started the rally with an infield hit, which was then followed by a stolen base. Otis laced her second hit of the game with a triple to right-center field to score Falby. Wallace extended the lead out to 5-0 with her first home run of the fall with a towering ball over the right field wall.
Mackenzie Wooten entered the circle in relief of Rothrock to start the top of the fourth inning of play. The Lions managed to manufacture a run and cut into UF’s lead via a SAC fly that brought the score to 5-1, but Wooten and the Gators shutdown the rally immediately after and thwarted any further damage.
Erickson closed out the scoring for the Gators in the first five-inning exhibition with a solo home run over the right field wall to push the lead out to 6-1.
The two teams submitted new lineups for the second five innings of the exhibition. Ava Brown received the start in the circle for the Orange and Blue and started the frame with a pair of strikeouts.
The Gators offense stayed hot and tallied four runs to start the home half of the inning. Falby led off the rally with a single through the right side and proceeded to steal second and third, while Otis put runners on the corners via a walk.
Wallace drove the pair home with her second triple of the game on a shot scorched down the right field line. Erickson brought home Wallace via a groundout to second base and Emily Wilkie closed out the inning with a solo home run over the…