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No. 8 Aggies were ruled by No. 9 Florida to end the regular season

Game #51: No. 9 Florida 11, No. 8 Texas A&M 3 (6 innings)
Facts: Texas A&M (39-12, 15-9), Florida (43-12, 17-7)
WP: Keagan Rothrock (23-5)
LP: Emily Kennedy (20-10)
Box score

No. No. 8 Texas A&M was swept in six innings by the No. 9 Florida Gators in an 11-3 run rule on Sunday afternoon.

With an eight-run loss, Sunday’s finale was the biggest series difference for the Aggies this season. It was also the second time they were swept, with the last sweep coming at LSU.

It was an unusual performance in Gainesville as the first two games of the series were decided by one point.

However, the Aggies felt the pressure in the final game as the Gators scored eight more points than the Maroon & White.

To start, Emiley Kennedy stepped into the circle, but after four walks she was relieved by Emily Leavitt, who picked up where she left off in Saturday’s game. She led the Aggies to a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the fourth frame when she entered.

© Matt Pendleton/Gainesville Sun

Texas A&M finished conference play with a 15-9 record.

However, Leavitt gave up seven runs as the game progressed, two coming on a home run by Katie Kistler.

While the bats stayed hot with a total of 11 hits, the Aggies failed to capitalize on multiple two-out threats as 11 runners stranded.

As usual, the Aggies took an early lead in the top of the first inning when Julia Cottrill reached on a fielding error as Jazmine Hill scored unearned.

The lead would be surrendered in the Gators’ next at bat as they took the lead, 2-1.

In the third, Skylar Wallace homered to left field to bring in another Gator, 4-1.

The Aggies maintained a presence on the basepaths, but couldn’t stop the Gators from piling up.

Mia Williams scored on a sacrifice fly by Korbe Otis in the bottom of the fifth. To follow, Wallace hit a double to left center, beating Kendra Falby.

In the sixth, the Aggies responded when Hill singled through the left side and Kennedy Powell scored a run.

The action didn’t stop there.

On the next play, Cottrill singled down the left field line to hit Scout Lovell.

Wooley then reached second base, and as he tracked the ball with the sun as a factor, Florida’s Mia Williams dropped the ball.

During the play, the home plate umpire called the infield fly rule, assuming the ball would have been caught even if it had fallen. Since the call did not come from the first base umpire, Cottrill unknowingly tapped, resulting in an out as she reached second base. As a result, Wooley was also present in the play.

In a heated debate with the umpires, Texas A&M first base coach Russ Huffley was ejected from the game. After further investigation, the call was accepted.

To follow in the bottom half of the sixth frame, the Gators did not give up.

Kistler homered down the left field line to score Ariel Kowalewski. A few plays later, Jocelyn Erickson kept the runs home with a three-run double that ended the run rule.

Next, Texas A&M will play at No. 3 seed Auburn, Alabama, in the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Thursday.

Time and opponent to be determined.