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Florida softball defeats Delaware State in blowout to conclude doubleheader

Pal Egan scored her first career home run as a Gator

Second baseman Reagan Walsh hits the ball in an 11-0 victory against the Jacksonville Dolphins Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023.
Second baseman Reagan Walsh hits the ball in an 11-0 victory against the Jacksonville Dolphins Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023.

Graduate student Pal Egan hit her first career home run as a Gator after she transferred from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. 

Egan’s homer added to Florida’s double-digit lead in the fourth inning against the Delaware State Hornets. 

“It’s the best feeling in the world,” Egan said. “I definitely wouldn’t have been able to do it without my teammates, who have been able to help me become a better teammate on and off the field.”

Egan credited her growth as a player and her performance to her teammates, she said. 

The No. 3 Florida Gators (10-0) blew past Delaware State (2-4) 15-0 Sunday afternoon to finish out their doubleheader. 

Sophomore right handed pitcher Lexie Delbrey made her season debut and managed to keep the Hornets scoreless in the top of the first inning. 

Sophomore second baseman Reagan Walsh came up to bat with the bases loaded. Walsh doubled to right center for three runs batted in to open the scoring, 3-0. 

Egan singled up the middle, and Walsh scored to extend the lead to 4-0. Freshman designated hitter Kaila Pollard reached on an error by center field, and junior first baseman Avery Goelz scored to extend the lead to 5-0.

Junior left fielder Katie Kistler flied out to center field, and Egan came home to push the score to 6-0 to end the first inning. 

Delbrey kept Delaware State scoreless at the top of the second. Goelz singled down the right field line and brought both Walsh and graduate student third baseman Charla Echols home to make it 8-0. 

Egan lined out to center field, and sophomore catcher Sam Roe scored as the lead swelled to 9-0 at the end of the second inning. 

Echols doubled to center field, and both senior utility player Sarah Longley and sophomore center fielder Kendra Falby scored to extend the lead to 11-0. Roe singled up the middle, and junior catcher Emily Wilkie scored to push UF’s advantage to 12-0. 

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Freshman right handed pitcher Olivia Gigante doubled to right center, and Roe scored to up the score 13-0. 

Egan hit her first career home run as a Gator as she homered to right center for two RBIs to push the lead 15-0 to end the third inning. Both Florida and Delaware State failed to score in the fourth inning. 

Gigante kept the Hornets scoreless through the entire five innings and won the ballgame 15-0. 

UF is set to play their next game away Thursday in Palm Springs, California, against Cal State Fullerton in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic at 8 p.m.

Contact Alyssa Britton-Harr abritton-harr@alligator.org. Follow her on Twitter @abrittonharr.

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Alyssa Britton-Harr

Alyssa Britton-Harr is a second-year journalism major and a sports reporter for The Alligator. In her free time, she enjoys cheering on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and spending time with her friends. 


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