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Florida softball takes series against Texas A&M in overtime – ESPN 98.1 FM

The No. 11 Florida Gators softball team defeated the No. 8 Texas A&M Aggies 9-8 in eight innings on Saturday at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.

Jocelyn Erickson hit a walk-off single in the eighth inning to cinch the series win on Senior Day for the Gators (42-12, 16-7 SEC).

Early foul

The Gators scored eight of their nine runs in the first two innings. They chased Aggie starter Shaylee Ackerman after giving up seven earned runs in one inning.

RBI doubles from Korbe Otis, who extended her hit streak to 14 games, Skylar Wallace and Ava Brown gave the Gators an early 3-0 lead.

After the Aggies (39-11, 15-8 SEC) scored two runs in the second inning, Otis hit a grand slam to give the Gators a 7-2 lead. Reagan Walsh hit a runscoring sacrifice fly to make it 8-2.

Aggies are coming back

Rylen Wiggins started the scoring for the Aggies in the second inning with a two-run home run off Florida starter Ava Brown (15-6) to make it 3-2.

After an 8-2 loss, the Aggies’ rally started with a solo home run by Trinity Cannon. The Aggies scored three runs on a Koko Wooley single and two fielding errors by the Gators. Wooley hit a game-tying two-run single in the seventh to make it 8-8.

Brown finished with eight innings pitched and eight runs allowed (five earned). She gave up 10 hits, five walks and struckout five batters.

Gators respond

The Gators loaded the bases in the eighth on a walk to Mia Williams, a single by Kendra Falby and a single by Otis. Emiley Kennedy (20-9) struck out Wallace on three pitches. Erickson, the next batter, singled on a two-strike pitch to earn the series victory.

Next one

The Gators will play their regular season finale on Sunday at 1 p.m. They will look to make their first top-10 run of the season. The game will be televised on ESPN2 and broadcast on ESPN 98.1-FM/850-AM WRUF.