Gators roll in softball World Series opener

05 June, 2017, 08:16 | Author: Michele Stevens
  • Texas A&M Opens Play at Women's College World Series Against Florida

Gourley struck out 10 while throwing a two-hitter, helping the top-seeded Gators beat Washington 5-2 on Sunday in the semifinals of the Women's College World Series. The first game sees UCLA taking on Texas A&M at noon, after the Bruins were upset by No. 13 LSU and the Aggies dropped a game to top-ranked Florida. A win would have the Aggies in another must-win game later that evening at 6 p.m.

Danica Mercado's two-run homer in the top of the fifth put the Ducks (54-8) up 2-0. UCLA won a pair of one-run games against MS in the Super Regional that preceded the WCWS, including an 11-inning game in which Rachel Garcia threw 232 pitches.

Barnhill (26-3), USA Softball's Player of the Year, helped put the Gators (57-8) within a victory Sunday of a spot in the championship series. This is the first time these two teams have faced each other this season. "We just came out on fire".

OR kept its hot hitting going on Saturday night, as it wasted no time getting on the board with a two-run home run from Gwen Svekis in the first inning.

Florida added a run in the sixth inning on a solo home run by Janell Wheaton off Allie Walljasper that made it 3-0.

The loss ends a season in which UW won 50 games for the first time since 2010.

The Aggies enters the Women's College World Series with a 47-11 record and are making their first appearance in OKC since 2008. We want to attack the pitches she gives us.

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Kershaw was dominant, retiring 20 in a row until Domingo Santana hit a two-out solo home run to provide the first run of the game. Garza has now struggled in two straight starts and it seems likely that his ERA will continue to rise.

"I know from when I was pitching I was leaving balls over the plate when I shouldn't have been, and with two strikes I was adjusting to the umpire's strike zone, and so I was leaving balls over the plate", reliever Samantha Show said. We were all really confident before the game. "When you end your season in Oklahoma City, win or lose, it's an accomplishment in itself".

And Florida's younger players have grown up fast after their crushing super-regional loss to Georgia previous year. The Huskies will now face Florida on Sunday, while OR will take on Oklahoma with two spots in the best-of-three championship series on the line. The two runs UF gave up were unearned and came following a two-out error in the bottom of the seventh.

The Sooners bring a great deal of momentum into the matchup, playing behind junior Paige Parker, the first pitcher in NCAA history to win her first 8 WCWS starts.

But in this situation, I think it's good for us to be able to take a step back, sort of calm ourselves down, and look at our game and understand: You know what?

Oklahoma has won three of four this season against the Bears.

UCLA ended its four-year WCWS losing streak with its victory over Texas A&M.


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