Charla Echols rips a double in Florida's 1-0 loss to Mississippi State Sunday. Courtesy: UAA

Florida Softball Survives in 3-2 Thriller Against Texas A&M

The Gators had a slow start in College Station but were able to rally at the final stretch to best Texas A&M. The Gators are now 24-2, looking to sweep the Aggies in a weekend series.

Hightower Holds Out

Elizabeth Hightower stood strong on Friday, despite an Aggie-centric start. TAMU put out the first run after an error at third base allowed Rylen Wiggins to make her way home, putting the home team on the board first. The Aggies followed up in the bottom of the third as senior Haley Lee bombed a double to left-center. This pushed Koko Wooley home and raised the score to 2-0.

Despite most of the Texas A&M offense relying on the eight walks provided by Hightower, she only managed to allow three hits over the course of the game. The phenomenal Gator defense made sure to back up their pitcher. Charla Echols, Skylar Wallace, and Katie Kistler combed for 10 outs over the course of the game.

Rally Late, Win Games

Florida may have started off slowly, but found their rhythm in the top of the sixth as Reagan Walsh crushed a double to right field, paving way for Skylar Wallace to stroll home. Wallace returned the favor in the top of the seventh with a single up the middle, pushing both Kendra Falby and Katie Kistler in for two more runs, giving Florida their first lead of the day.

The Gators defense closed out the game strong, with two grounders and a fly-ball being picked up by the Florida defense, closing the game on a three and out.

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