Young Gators try to come back to earth at College World Series

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The Ducks notched their first run of the game in the second inning on a wild pitch that brought home Sammie Puentes from third. Delaney Spaulding continued UCLA's offensive attack in the second when she ripped a two-out, two-run single to right field to extend her team's lead to 3-0.

Three batters later, Barnhill botched a soft-hit grounder off the end of Kristen Cuyos' bat down the first base line, giving the Aggies runners on the corners in the top of the first. After her escape, Florida got on the board in the first when Janell Wheaton's single knocked in two. Nicole DeWitt scored on the play as she reached base on a bunt single and moved into scoring positon via a sacrifice bunt.

Paige Parker (25-5) gave up three hits and one run in 61/3 innings for the win.

Gourley (22-4) had two strikes on Julia DePonte with two outs in the seventh before DePonte hit a two-run homer for the Huskies. "She is (2017 USA Collegiate Softball) Player of the Year for a reason".

Defending champion Oklahoma and Florida have combined to win the past four national titles, but are meeting in the championship for the first time.

Florida will make its fifth championship series appearance since 2009, which is the most in the country during that span.

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"Softball, as a whole, had a lot of parity this year", LSU coach Beth Torina said before her team departed for Oklahoma City on Tuesday. But again, we hit the ball well.

The Women's College World Series dream matchup is set. So really proud of our team and really proud of the effort that they gave today and just their work over the last few days to get it right and to do things right.

"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. "I just had great defense behind me the entire time, and I'm very thankful for them".

After dropping Thursday's opening game of the Women's College World Series, the Bruins will try to emulate the 2003 UCLA squad that was the second team in the history of the event to win the national championship after losing its opener. And I thought that really hurt us. I felt like I kind of did it backwards.

LSU was also one of three teams that accomplished the feat on the road by taking down higher-seeded teams, while Oklahoma, which won two of the past four NCAA titles, joined the group with a two-game road sweep of Auburn. "They just attacked my mistakes and made us pay for it". They are the first team to record back-to-back WCWS shutouts since 2014 ...

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