Gator softball team walks it off vs Loyola Marymount, 3-2; advances to the winner’s bracket vs Stanford

Elizabeth Hightower goes 4 1/3 innings giving up one run off five hits
Florida utility Pal Egan (55) hits the game winning single in front of LMU catcher Izzy...
Florida utility Pal Egan (55) hits the game winning single in front of LMU catcher Izzy Jamgotchian (88) during an NCAA softball game on Friday, May 19, 2023, in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)(Jed Jacobsohn | AP)
Published: May. 20, 2023 at 1:26 AM EDT
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PALO ALTO, CA. (WCJB) - The Florida softball team traveled northwest for the Stanford Regional to kick off another postseason run vs Loyola Marymount. Thanks to the seventh inning heroics by Sarah Longley and Pal Egan. Florida is in the winner’s bracket on Saturday after a 3-2 walk off win.

The Gators (36-20) were in lockstep with Loyola Marymount through the first three and a half innings. Florida breaks through in the bottom of the fourth inning off Kendra Falby’s RBI single, 1-0. In the top of the fifth inning, the Lions took the lead for the first time off a solo homer by Gabby Villa. Izzy Jamgotchian hit the go-ahead RBI single with two runners on base, 2-1.

In the seventh inning, Sarah Longley fired a homer to left center field to tie it at 2 a piece. Reagan Walsh would set up the game winning run with a single to left as pinch runner Christina Wellen came in for Walsh. Charla Echols followed it up with a single into the pitching circle to put two on for Pal Egan. Egan knocked it out to center field avoiding the attempted double play. Wellen sprints for home and the Gators advanced off their 10th regional victory.

Elizabeth Hightower and Rylee Trilcek combined for seven innings of work giving up only one run off five hits and rang up seven batters.

Florida will take on ninth seed Stanford on Saturday afternoon at 2 pm PT/5 pm ET.

If Florida wins, they will head to super regionals. If they lose, they will play the winner of Long Beach State and Loyola Marymount late Saturday evening in double-elimination play.

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