She needed to make a clutch play.
Julia Cottrill's Walk-Off Home Run Against Texas A&M
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) May 9, 2021
Kayla Poynter took the circle to close out the game for the Aggies. The heart of the Gators lineup stood in the way of a win.
In stepped Cottrill, the cleanup hitter with a .295 average on the season.
The UF catcher worked Poynter to a 2-2 count. On the next throw, she saw an inside pitch she liked and smoked it over the left field fence.
The top-seeded Florida Gators will be the team to beat when the conference travels to Rhoads Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama for the SEC Tournament. They will face the winner of Ole Miss and Mississippi State on Thursday.
Head coach Tim Walton and his softball team have aspirations to reach the 2021 NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Gainesville's Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium is expected to host at least a regional, and most likely a super regional, if things go as planned in Tuscaloosa.
For now, the Gators are focused on winning the conference tournament. It won't be easy. Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, LSU, Kentucky and Tennessee pose tough challenges.
Luckily, UF knows what it takes to come through in big moments.
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