South Carolina lost a big lead, sending the Gamecocks home early in the SEC softball tournament.
Florida rallied past USC to steal a 6-5 win on Wednesday in first round action in College Station, Texas.
USC (36-17) will now await its NCAA Tournament fate after losing a 4-0 lead to the Gators (41-15). UF’s Jordan Matthews was the star with a walk-off two-run double in the seventh.
Florida scored all of its runs (three earned) in the final two innings against Carolina reliever Cayla Drotar.
The loss dampens a great offensive day for USC in which the Gamecocks added to their season school-record for home runs with three more. Blasts from Drotar (second inning), Mackenzie Boesel and Kennedy Clark put Carolina up 4-0 after three innings.
Starting pitcher Dixie Raley tossed five shutout innings for the Gamecocks.
Florida next faces third-seeded LSU in a Thursday second round game.
The South Carolina women’s golf team finished 10th in the NCAA Cle Elum (Wash.) Regional and didn’t advance to the NCAA Championships.