COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M Softball fell to No. 6 Florida, 8-6, in the series opener Friday evening at Davis Diamond.


After the Gators (34-9, 7-6 SEC) jumped out to an early seven-run lead in the first, the Aggies battled back by scoring five runs in the fourth. Texas A&M (25-16, 3-10 SEC) quickly loaded the bases and scored runs on consecutive at bats on a hit by pitch and a Haley Lee single. Kayla Gracia drove in Madi Jatzlau on an infield grounder before back-to-back RBI singles from Morgan Smith and Kelbi Fortenberry.


Florida got a run back in the fifth on a Hannah Sipos solo home run to left. The Maroon and White, donning 1987 throwback uniforms, responded with a run in the bottom of the sixth in the form of a Baylee Klingler RBI single.


Hannah Mayo dazzled in the circle as the righty shut the door on the Gator offense, scattering six hits and one run in 6.2 innings. The redshirt freshman fanned two. Kayla Poynter earned the start and was saddled with the loss to move to 4-6 on the year.