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Monday, May 22, 2023

Florida Softball Exits Palo Alto Regional with Defeat to No. 9-Seed Stanford

 PALO ALTO, Calif. - The Florida softball team's 2023 season came to an end Sunday afternoon after an 11-2 defeat to No. 9-seed Stanford in the NCAA Palo Alto Regional.

The Gators (38-22) earned seven hits spread across six different players in the lineup and battled until the final out in the contest against the Cardinal (43-13), who had 11 hits.Stanford started the game as the designated visitors and were up to bat first in the contest against Florida left-handed starter Rylee Trlicek (15-6). The Cardinal managed to immediately load the bases via a walk and a pair of singles, but graduate senior Charla Echols quickly changed the momentum as she snagged a sharply hit line drive in front of the third base bag and tagged the runner for a double play.The Cardinal eventually responded with an RBI single up the middle that plated the first run of the game via a two-out RBI single that put them ahead 1-0.The Gators offense immediately picked up where it left off from last night's win over LMU as Skylar Wallace and Kendra Falby led off the bottom of the first inning with back-to-back singles to set the table for Echols. Echols produced the Orange & Blue's third consecutive base hit to start the frame which tied the game 1-1 by plating Wallace from second base.Reagan Walsh put UF on top 2-1 in the following at-bat when she drove home Falby from third on an infield groundout.After a scoreless second inning, Stanford rallied to take the lead 3-2 on four hits. Trlicek struck out the first batter of the frame before she relinquished a single to center field. Katie Kistler then made a spectacular grab in the left center field gap for the second out, but a walk and a pair of RBI singles followed to give the Cardinal back the lead.Elizabeth Hightower entered the circle to relieve Trlicek and forced a groundout to third to limit the damage.Stanford went on to plate four runs in the top of the fifth inning to extend its lead out to 7-2. The Cardinal was able to load the bases via a two-out full-count walk and scored the first run via a wild pitch. A two-out walk reloaded the bases and prompted a pitching change for the Gators as Lexie Delbrey entered the game in relief of Hightower. SU added a second run via a walk, which was followed by a two-RBI single through the left side.The Cardinal added four more runs in the top of the seventh inning to conclude the scoring for the game. A leadoff home run to left field stretched the lead out to 8-2, a SAC fly to left pushed across an unearned run and a two-out, two-run home run pushed the lead out to 11-2.