Sarah Longley, Florida (UF photo)

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Florida’s Longley Preparing For Larger Role With Summer Reps

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Sarah Longley was a bit surprised when she saw the schedule for the Florida Gulf Coast League. She wondered how it would feel playing nearly 25 games in a one-month span. 

“I thought it was a lot at first, but as I kept playing I realized the game situations were one of the best ways to practice getting reps,” Longley said. “I needed that, and if you make a mistake you know the next day you can play again and have an opportunity to get better.”

Longley is aware she has some big cleats to fill for the University of Florida next season. The rising sophomore is expected to start at shortstop in place of departed senior Sophia Reynoso. 

Longley appeared in four games for the Gators during the coronavirus-shortened 2020 season, but gained invaluable knowledge practicing alongside Reynoso every day in Gainesville. 

“Sophia is hard to replace. Nobody replaces her, but I learned a lot from her. Having her teaching me everything she knows helped me a tremendous amount,” Longley said. “There is such a high expectation from Sophia leaving, and I want people to be able to trust me that I can do the job as well.”

 

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