Published: Mon, June 05, 2017
Local | By Dorothy Bennett

Florida to face Oklahoma for softball College World Series title

Florida to face Oklahoma for softball College World Series title

Kelly Barnhill gave up just three hits to help Florida roll past Texas A&M 8-0 in five innings Thursday, the opening day of the Women's College World Series. The Gators' victory advanced them to the best-of-three finals against the victor of the Oregon-Oklahoma game later Sunday. Saturday's game will be available on ESPN and on the LSU Sports Radio Network (107.3 FM in Baton Rouge and on LSUsports.net/live).

Taran Alvelo (35-9) suffered the loss lasting just 1.1 innings. Overall, the Lakeside, Calif. native is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and one save in Oklahoma City, as she has allowed just four hits in 11 innings pitched. Catcher Paige Halstead fielded the throw home and tagged Quinn, but Quinn was awarded the run because there was no lane for her to get to the plate. "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".

Florida's Aleshia Ocasio hit a three-run homer in the fourth.

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 Bruins are hoping to win four consecutive games and land in the WCWS final, replicating the feat of the 2003 championship team on which Inouye-Perez was an assistant coach.

On Thursday, Florida opened with an 8-0 victory over Texas A&M.

"Congratulations to Washington. Obviously a great team, and we've battled them many a times here and many a times in general".

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"Now, it's up to the players", Walton said.

"It feels like a dream ... it's so surreal that I can't get the smile off my face", sophomore outfielder Amanda Lorenz told floridagators.com after the team's first practice on Oklahoma City on Tuesday.

Florida will meet Oklahoma in the best-of-three series that begins Monday.

"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, we made that a lot harder than we needed to", Evans said.

Washington snapped Oregon's 15-game win streak. After Knighten's hit in the bottom of the fifth, Nicole Pendley followed with a double to score Knighten and chase Kleist.

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. The Sooners advanced to play Washington in a winners' bracket game today. We'll go hit tomorrow, and we'll rally around each other."Tori VidalesOn this game vs. game one against Tennesee".

The next game features No. 3 OR taking on No. 15 Baylor.

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