Sep 26, 2015; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators softball head coach Tim Walton is honored during the first half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Softball Walks Off Game 1 Against Auburn

The Florida softball team hosted Auburn for the first game of a three game series at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium Thursday night. The Gators came out on top in extra innings, 3-2.

The Lead Up

Florida put the first two runs on the board in the bottom of the third inning. Senior Sarah Longley earned the Gators their first base runner when she got hit by a pitch early in the inning. Skylar Wallace executed at the plate soon after with a standup triple to score Longley, making way for Kendra Falby. Falby hit an RBI single to put the Gators on top 2-0 heading into the fourth.

The Tigers barked back in the fifth inning. Aspyn Godwin walked and was sacrificed to second base.  Icess Tresvik then hit a ball in the gap in right center field and it was dropped as outfielders Katie Kistler in center and right fielder Pal Egan collided.  It was scored an error and the Tigers got their first run

It stayed 2-1 Florida until the seventh inning, and that’s when Tresvik homered with two outs and no one on to tie the game at 2-2.  The Gators were retired in their half of the seventh, forcing extra innings.

A Nail-Biting Finish

Rylee Trlicek was put in as relief for Elizabeth Hightower in the top of the eighth inning in the circle for Florida.  Trlicek forced the first two outs on her first two pitches of the night. Egan made the first snag in right field, and Wallace’s throw beat out Aubrie Lisenby to first base for the second out. Then she struck out power hitter Bri Ellis to end the inning.

The bottom of the eighth happened at just the right time, with the top of the Gator lineup due up. Wallace was the first up and she walked and promptly stole second. Falby forced a 10plus pitch at bat and eventually walked as well.  A wild pitch moved the runners up a base and Charla Echols was walked intentionally to load the bases.  Reagan Walsh then smacked a base hit to right center field to give the Gators the win.  Florida came out on top 3-2.

Florida is now 5-5 in SEC play.  Catch the Gators back in action Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. as they look to win the series against Auburn.

About Lauren Halpern

Currently an undergraduate student at UF in the College of Journalism and Communications towards a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. Studying sports media with involvement in ESPN Gainesville, The University Athletic Association, and the Gamma Iota Chapter of Alpha Delta Pi. Seeking a sports media/broadcasting position where her passion for athletics, bubbly personality and drive to communicate will support and improve the portrayal of news to the public.

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