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Gator softball team surges past Kentucky, 9-3, reaches SEC semifinals

Young Gators deliver as Florida plays as the road team at KSP Stadium
Charla Echols is all smiles during the Kentucky Wildcats game against the Florida Gators on...
Charla Echols is all smiles during the Kentucky Wildcats game against the Florida Gators on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at Katie Seashole Pressly Softball Stadium in Gainesville, FL / UAA Communications photo by Emma Bissell(Emma Bissell | EmmaBissell)
Published: May. 12, 2022 at 11:00 PM EDT
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -Freshmen Kendra Falby and Reagan Walsh each tallied three hits, and No. 5 seed Florida scored six runs in the first two innings to pull away from No. 4 seed Kentucky, 9-3 in Thursday’s SEC quarterfinal matchup at KSP Stadium. Florida (43-15) will play top seed Arkansas.

Florida got to work early and wore out UK pitching. The Wildcats were on their third hurler before the second inning was over. Leading 1-0 in the top of the first, Walsh ripped a two-run single over the head of the third baseman to give UF a 3-0 lead after a half inning.

With the bases loaded and one out in the second, Charla Echols hit a ground-rule double to right field. Walsh followed with her third RBI, and Florida led, 6-2 through two innings.

Skylar Wallace capped the scoring with a solo homer in the sixth. Elizabeth Hightower collected the win in the circle, allowing three earned runs on five hits in four and a third innings. Rylee Trlicek picked up the save by tossing the final two and two thirds innings.

Friday’s SEC Semifinals:

Tennessee vs. Missouri, 3:00

Florida vs. Arkansas, 5:30

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