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COLUMBIA, Mo. – Kayli Kvistad belted a three-run home run in the seventh inning to help the fourth-ranked Florida softball team complete the series sweep of Missouri with a 7-4 win Sunday at the Mizzou Softball Stadium.
The Gators (47-8, 20-4 SEC), the SEC’s regular-season champions, will stay in Columbia in preparation for the league tournament that starts here Wednesday. The Gators will play Thursday at 7:30 p.m. against the winner of No. 8 Alabama-No. 9 Auburn game from Wednesday.
Nicole DeWitt hit a solo home run to cut into Missouri’s lead, 2-1. The Tigers (28-27, 6-17) then stretched their margin to 4-1 in the fourth.
The Gators began their sixth comeback win of the season in the fifth with two runs. Danielle Romanello came through with her sixth pinch-hit base hit of the year that drove in Janelle Wheaton from second and Hannah Adams’ RBI double made it 4-3.
DeWitt tied the game, 4-4, in the seventh with a RBI single before Kvistad put the Gators up for good at 7-4 with her fifth home run of the season.
Natalie Lugo made her first career Southeastern Conference start in the circle and went 2.1 innings before being relieved by Aleshia Ocasio (18-6).