The Gators are headed to the Women's College World Series championship series after they put the clamps on the Huskies in a dominant effort Sunday afternoon at ASA Hall Of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The victor of today's game will face the victor of UCLA/LSU (and the loser plays the loser of UCLA/LSU in an elimination game). A win would have the Aggies in another must-win game later that evening at 6 p.m. The Aggies failed to score in the top of the fifth to seal the loss.
Washington starter Taran Alvelo was almost flawless in the outing, tossing a complete-game two-hitter to help her team advance to the WCWS semifinals against Florida on Sunday at 12 p.m. ET. The Sooners defeated OR 4-2 as Shay Knighten singled in two runs in Oklahoma's four-run fifth inning.
Oklahoma's Paige Parker (24-5), selected the Most Outstanding Player of last year's series, allowed one run and five hits in six innings. This is the first time these two teams have faced each other this season. Well, the story for us was just we didn't pitch as well as we're used to. In outscoring their first two opponents 15-0, the Gators have collected 17 hits, including four doubles and three home runs.
I'm not going to pretend that I get invested in every Texas A&M sport, but when a team is playing for a national title, it's time to take notice.
The University of Florida won back-to-back College World Series titles in 2014 and 2015 but only seven of the current 18 players on the roster remain from the most recent of those championship teams. "But since I played so much summer ball that was the only time I ever got to come here and watch".
Walton said the sting of losing last year's super regional after entering the NCAA tournament as the No. 1 national seed has been salved by getting back to Oklahoma City. "But I think it really shows just where we are with our sport".
Following multiple stellar defensive plays from both teams through the initial five innings of the game, Washington finally broke a scoreless tie in the sixth thanks to a solo home run off the bat of Ali Aguilar that gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead they would not relinquish.
Florida will play Oklahoma in the championship series. Jordan Roberts was hit by a pitch.
Macey Hatfield had two hits and Fale Aviu knocked in two runs for the Sooners (57-9), who won despite committing four errors. The Ducks will have to win twice against the Sooners to keep their season alive. Yet with two wins, OR matched its deepest advancement into the tournament, only having reached Sunday's action on one previous occasion, in 2014.
For Oregon coach Mike White, it was a situation that he would've liked to challenge and ask the umpires to take another look.
GAME 5 Florida (56-8) vs. LSU (47-20), 6 p.m.
UCLA ended its four-year WCWS losing streak with its victory over Texas A&M. We'll go hit tomorrow, and we'll rally around each other."Tori VidalesOn this game vs. game one against Tennesee".