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SEC TOURNAMENT - FIRST ROUND - Davis Diamond - College Station, TX

Matthews' walk off keeps Gators alive in SEC tourney

167 days ago
SEC Staff

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - No. 6 seed Florida pushed forward in the 2019 Southeastern Conference tournament after a 6-5 come-from-behind victory against No. 11 seed South Carolina Wednesday at Davis Diamond. Jordan Matthews provided the walk-off heroics with her two-RBI double of the wall in left center field gap.

The Gators (41-15) battled with the Gamecocks (36-17) after both teams endured a 4 hour and 58 minute weather delay that started with one out in the top of the second.

Freshman right-handed pitcher Elizabeth Hightower was off to a hot start after she struck out three of the first four South Carolina batters she faced prior to the lengthy delay. USC's offense was able to adjust over the break and put up four runs in the second and third innings.

Natalie Lugo entered in relief in the fourth and turned in three solid innings of work before she gave way to Katie Chronister (1-0) with one out in the seventh.

UF's rally in the sixth cut down the Gamecocks lead to 4-2, which set the stage for the largest comeback of the season with a four-run inning in the seventh.

The Gators picked up seven of its nine hits from the bottom half of the order with Hannah Adams, Sophia Reynoso and Matthews recording two hits a piece.

Next Up

Florida advances to face No. 3-seed LSU Thursday, March 9, at 4 p.m. (ET)/3 p.m. (CT) at Davis Diamond on the SEC Network.