Echols, Wallace and Falby land on 2023 Preseason All-SEC Team

The Gators open the 2023 season Friday, February 10, at 7 pm in Tampa, Fla. against Boston University at the USF-Rawlings Invitational.

Photo By: Kelsey Bevington

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida softball trio of Charla Echols, Skylar Wallace and Kendra Falby were announced to the 2023 Preseason All-SEC Team by the league office Thursday afternoon. The three Gators tapped for the preseason team are tied for the most selected among other SEC programs.

Echols, Wallace and Falby have also landed on the 2023 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 50 “Watch List” in January along with being ranked inside the Top 50 by D1Softball, Softball America and Extra Inning Softball.

In 2022, Wallace put together a historic season as she is the only known player in NCAA Division I history to post at least 70 hits, 70 runs, 50 RBI and 50 stolen bases in a single season. Wallace earned NFCA Second Team All-American status helping lead the Gators back to the Women’s College World Series for the 11th time in program history.

Echols, a 2021 unanimous NFCA First Team All-American, enters her final season after she set the UF single-season record with an NCAA leading 10 sacrifice flies and also ranked 19th in the nation in RBI with 59.

Falby looks to build on her success from her freshman campaign where she ranked 3rd in the nation in total hits (85), which was also the most hits by an SEC freshman since 2013 when Florida’s own Kelsey Stewart produced 90 and Alabama’s Haylie McCleney notched 86.

The Gators season is set to begin Feb. 10, at 7 pm against Boston University in Tampa, Fla. at the USF-Rawlings Invitational hosted by USF.


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