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Gators' Softball takes two of three at Texas A&M

The Florida Gators’ No. 1-ranked softball team won another series against a top SEC opponent.

The No. 18 Texas A&M Aggies dropped the first two games to the Gators, but came away with the victory in Sunday’s series finale.

Florida (47-4) brought out the big bats in Friday’s 14-3 win.

The Gators were up 4-3 going into the top of the sixth inning. They scored 10 runs to take a 14-3 lead and force a mercy rule after six innings.

Amanda Lorenz and Kirsti Merritt were keys to the Gators offense as they both recorded two hits and combined for four RBIs.

Florida head coach Tim Walton was thoroughly pleased with the Gators’ offensive output knowing that the Aggies have a dangerous offense, too.

“Getting the fourth run of the game was huge and being able to throw up 10 runs in the sixth was great as well,” Walton said. “I was really working hard over to scratch and claw to get us some more runs. I didn’t think four was enough, as Texas A&M has a great offense.”

Florida brought out the bats again in Saturday’s showdown and won by a score of 7-3.

Lorenz and Merritt were big again with two hits apiece. Nicole DeWitt even added two hits of her own, one of them being a home run.

Walton was a bit more critical f his team’s performance on Saturday, but was ultimately happy that they picked up the win.

“We had a lot of chances to score some runs,” Walton said. “We weren’t able to take advantage of some opportunities early in the game, but late in the game we finally had some good pieces of hitting and were able to spray the ball all around.”

Florida lost Sunday’s finale by a score of 6-4.

Heading into the bottom of the sixth, the score was tied at two when the Aggies scored four runs to take a 6-2 lead.

The Gators tried to mount a comeback in the top of the seventh inning, but could only score two runs. Florida squandered chances all game long and couldn’t make up for it in the end.

“We definitely had our opportunities,” Walton said. “Give us credit for giving ourselves a chance and an opportunity to tie or win that game in the seventh inning. I think this goes back to our motto, if we’ve got an inning, out or strike left, than we still have a chance. I think our kids really fought hard to give us that chance.”

The Gators are now headed to Tallahassee to finish the postponed game that started on April 13. The teams will play the regularly scheduled May 4 game once the first ends.


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