NCAA Softball News

Rothrock Hurls One-Hitter; No. 9 Gators Claim Series Finale Over No. 14 Tigers

South Carolina

COLUMBIA, Mo – The No. 9 Florida softball team defeated No. 14 Missouri in the series finale Sunday, 3-1, at the Mizzou Softball Stadium. Freshman Keagan Rothrock (18-6) hurled her third complete-game one-hitter of the season and eighth overall for the program.

The Gators (35-9, 10-5 SEC) were able to take the initial lead, 2-0, in the final game of the series against the Tigers (33-11, 7-8 SEC). Reagan Walsh ambushed the first pitch offered from Lauren Krings (9-7) down the left field line inside the third base bag for a leadoff double, while freshman Ava Brown sent the 1-0 pitch in the next at-bat over the center field wall for her 10th home run of the season.

After a pair of scoreless frames in the third and the fourth innings, Florida’s offense geared back up in the top of the fifth inning to extend its lead out to 3-0. Skylar Wallace started the rally with a one-out single that deflected off a diving MU first baseman, while Korbe Otis followed up with a sharply hit single up the middle.

With the duo on first and second, Jocelyn Erickson notched her 54th RBI of the year on a single to right field that scored Wallace from second.

Missouri struck back in the bottom of the fifth inning to close down the Florida lead to 3-1. MU’s leadoff reached via hit-by-pitch and advanced to second on a passed ball. A fly ball out to deep right allowed the runner to move to third and a groundout to Wallace pushed the run across home plate for an unearned run.

The Gators defense was elite in the contest behind Rothrock as there were at least four special plays behind the…

Click Here to Read the Full Original Article at Florida Gators…