Aggies fall to No. 6 Florida, 8-3

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COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M Softball fell in game two against No. 6 Florida, 8-3, Saturday at Davis Diamond.

The Gators (35-9, 8-6 SEC) broke the scoring seal in the fourth, scoring two runs on a double and single. The Aggies (25-17, 3-11 SEC) answered back with two runs of their own as Riley Sartain drove in a pair on a single up the middle.

In the fifth, Florida's Kendyl Lindaman belted a three-run homer, before the Gators added another three in the sixth on a home run from Jordan Matthews, RBI single from Hannah Sipos and an Amanda Lorenz sacrifice fly.

The Maroon & White plated the last run of the game on a Kayla Garcia RBI groundout.

Kendall Potts suffered the loss to move to 10-7 on the year. The junior allowed seven runs on nine hits with three strikeouts. Payton McBride tossed two innings of relief and fanned one.

KEY INNINGS

T4 | Amanda Lorenz led off the frame with a single up the middle and touched home on a Kendyl Lindaman double to left center. Sophia Reynoso drove in Amanda Beane, who pinch ran for Lindaman, on a single that ricocheted off Baylee Klingler's glove. UF 2, A&M 0

B4 | Klingler singled up the middle before Payton McBride drew a walk. The duo moved into scoring position on a Dani Elder sacrifice bunt. Riley Sartain evened the game with a two-RBI single up the middle. A&M 2, UF 2

T5 | Lindaman belted her 14th home run of the season to give the Gators a three-run advantage. UF 5, A&M 2

T6 | Jordan Matthews began the inning with a homer to right-center. After a Reynoso single and a Jaimie Hoover double, Hannah Sipos drove in Reynoso on a bunt. Lorenz capped off the fram with a sacrifice fly to center. FLA 8, A&M 2

B6 | The Aggies loaded the bases with nobody out and were able to plate a run on a Kayla Garcia groundout to second. FLA 8, A&M 3

Top Offensive Players:
Riley Sartain| 1-for-3, 2 RBI
Payton McBride| 1-for-2, R
Baylee Klingler| 2-for-4

Pitching Breakdown:
Kendall Potts (10-7) – L, 5.0 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 K, 1 BB
Payton McBride – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 K, 1 BB

WHAT THEY SAID
Head Coach Jo Evans
On Kendall Potts' performance…
"I think she was getting the ball up a little bit. I also think that Florida did a nice job of sitting on pitches that they were looking for. They hit the ball hard today, so I thought they made some good adjustments from yesterday."

On overall performance today…
"I thought we chased some pitches out of the zone when she (Florida pitcher Elizabeth Hightower) was throwing up a little bit which then we were popping up. Especially on days like today with the wind you really have to make sure you are looking down and staying on top of the ball. We made that a little tougher on ourselves. I thought we did a great job in the fourth inning to answer right back. They score the first two runs in the game and we answer right back and score two of our own. In the sixth inning, they scored another three runs and we loaded the bases with nobody out. We set the table and gave ourselves a chance."

Senior infielder Riley Sartain

On the team's offensive approach…
"We were trying to stay true to what we had been working on all week. We worked on attacking pitches we knew they were going to throw and for her {Hightower} we knew she would throw up in the zone. All of her pitches have movement to them, so we needed to stay on top of the ball and drive it to the ground."

On the team's performance…
"Speaking about last night's game, we're still proud about the way we fought against an elite All-American pitcher like Kelly Barnhill. We wanted to bring that fight, energy and the will to get it done into today's game. In some instances, we did do that to pull through and in others opportunities we didn't. They came out and answered back with the timely big hits they needed. Moving onto tomorrow's matchup, we need to stay tough and keep the idea of winning in the center of our thoughts to grind it out."

ON DECK

The Aggies close out the series against No. 6 Florida Sunday at noon at Davis Diamond.