COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 21 Texas A&M softball team (29-17, 9-12 SEC) lost an 8-0 six-inning game to 5th-ranked Florida (40-8, 11-7 SEC), Sunday in the Southeastern Conference series finale at the Aggie Softball Complex. With the win, the Gators sweep the series 3-0. The game was the Aggies’ second-straight run-rule loss of the weekend.
Freshman Abby Donnell had the Aggies’ only hit of the day as Florida’s Hannah Rogers (20-6) held a no-hitter through 5 2/3 innings with nine strikeouts and no walks. Freshman April Ryan was the only other Texas A&M runner to reach base, after she was hit by a pitch in the third inning.
A rocket to left-centerfield from senior Taran Tyler could have been a base hit in the third, if not for a diving catch by Florida’s centerfielder.
Aggie pitcher Rachel Fox (20-6) threw six strikeouts on the day, but allowed seven earned runs on 11 hits and three walks to take the loss in the circle.
The Gators hit three home runs on the day, including two in the first inning, to earn the shutout win. Leading 3-0 after the first, Florida added two more runs in the top of the second on a pair of doubles and a base hit.
The UF lead stretched to 6-0 in the third with two more base hits and a walk. A fifth-inning hit-by-pitch turned into a run after an RBI groundout, and the final run of the game was scored on a lead-off home run in the top of the sixth.
Donnell’s hit came in the bottom of the sixth with two outs. Pinch hitting in the ninth spot in the lineup, the true freshman lined a shot up the middle of the field to cut the no-hitter.
Up next, the Aggies host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in a 4 p.m. doubleheader on Tuesday. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.
HEAD COACH JO EVANS
On the offensive performance...
"I felt like we really pressed today at the plate. We got blown out yesterday, but I thought our approach at the plate was a lot better than it was today. I thought we got flustered and frustrated. We have to do better than that."
On Florida starter Hannah Rogers...
"Rogers did a nice job. She hammered strikes and worked off the plate nicely. I thought Florida called a really smart game. She used her off-speed more. We didn't do a good job of tracking the ball and staying with it. We didn't make adjustments."
On the defensive plays from Florida...
"We knew coming in they were a really good defensive ball club. They are going to make great plays. I thought the play the centerfielder made was exceptional. We didn't put enough pressure on the defense to make things happen for ourselves. Rachel struggled a little bit early on, but she settled in and got better as the game progressed. They got smarter on pitch selection. I think she can learn a lot from this game right here."