June 24, 2017

Florida tops Washington 5-2, advances to championship series

05 June 2017, 08:17 | Leonard Manning

NCAA Women’s College World Series

NCAA Women’s College World Series

That's exactly what the Texas A&M softball team will do as they play their first game in the Women's College World Series today in Oklahoma City. The victor of this game moves on to face LSU later in the evening. OR (52-7) put two runners on with one out in the fifth, but didn't score.

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.

Florida didn't reach the WCWS last season, so this was a new stage for Barnhill (25-3), USA Softball's National Player of the Year this season. She also threw out a runner at first base for an assist in her only attempt. "We were all really pumped before the game, and we just came out firing and it was really good, so it was a lot of fun".

In the decisive top of the fourth for Florida, Aleshia Ocasio led off with a walk and then was sacrificed to second. In outscoring their first two opponents 15-0, the Gators have collected 17 hits, including four doubles and three home runs. Florida would add four more runs in the seventh inning.

The Tigers (48-21) would need three wins to get to the best-of-three championship series.

Sydney Romero hit a solo home run to help defending national champion Oklahoma defeat Washington 3-1 on Friday night in the Women's College World Series.

"It's gonna be a great matchup, it's gonna be a fight", Parker said, "and we're just ready to battle".

"I know it sounds silly, but it's obvious", he said. We were all really confident before the game.

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Had the Huskies won Sunday, they would have had to play Florida in a second game. Florida (2014 & 2015) defeated Washington, 5-2, while Oklahoma (2013 & 2016) rallied past OR, 4-2. Jordan Roberts was hit by a pitch.

Texas A&M and Florida have met 16 times in school history as the Gators hold a 12-4 advantage.

But Oregon answered back in the third, as a two-out single by Nikki Udria drove in another run, before an RBI single from Mia Camuso in the bottom of the fifth extended the Ducks' lead to 4-1, which is where it stayed for the remainder of the game.

Macey Hatfield had two hits and Fale Aviu knocked in two runs for the Sooners (57-9), who won despite committing four errors.

OKLAHOMA CITY - Nicole Pendley hit a three-run home run in the first inning, and Oklahoma opened defense of its Women's College World Series title with a victory over Baylor. The Sooners advanced to play Washington in a winners' bracket game today.

For Oregon coach Mike White, it was a situation that he would've liked to challenge and ask the umpires to take another look. No. 6 Washington vs. UCLA OR Texas A&M, 7 p.m.

However, big games are usually old hat for UF under coach Tim Walton, who has guided the Gators to eight CWS appearances in 10 years.

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