The Florida Gator softball team is heading back to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City to defend their title after blanking Kentucky 1-0 in Gainesville this past Sunday. This will be the Gators seventh WCWS appearance in school history.
After getting dominated 7-0 in Game 1, Kentucky came to play in Game 2 as the Wildcats held the #1 Gators scoreless as well as hitless until the fourth inning. With two outs and runners on first and third, sophomore Justine McLean came to the plate.
After working the count full to 3-2, McLean hit a sharp ground ball to shortstop. It looked like it would be the third out of the inning, but Kentucky shortstop Christian Stokes misplayed it and Taylore Fuller was able to score from third. It was ruled a hit and the Gators had finally scratched a run across in this pitchers' duel.
One run was all senior Lauren Haeger would need as she pitched an absolute gem! She threw a complete game shutout on just three hits while striking out five Wildcats. In the process she notched her 28th win of the year.
Now back in Omaha, it is time for the Gators (55-6) to keep doing damage as I predicted them to repeat as National Champions. They are set to face SEC rival Tennessee (47-15) on May 28th at noon. The game can be seen on ESPN. This will be an intriguing matchup as the Lady Vols knocked the Gators out of the SEC Tournament in early May. It should be a great game to watch!
*All stats accredited to Gatorzone.com & NCAA.com