No. 4 Texas blanks No. 2 Florida 3-0, eliminating Gators from Women’s College World Series

Forced to take the field less than 13 hours after last leaving it, No. 2 Florida Gators softball simply could not make contact with the ball, only registering one hit and striking out 14 times as the No. 4 Texas Longhorns picked up a 3-0 win in Sunday’s Women’s College World Series elimination game.

Florida (58-9) got most of its base runners on walks and hit batters as Texas (50-9) ace Blaire Luna kept the Gators at bay with her great command and terrific riseball, shutting out UF for the first and only time this season.

After getting a lead-off batter on board and in scoring position for the third-straight inning, the Longhorns finally delivered in the top of the third. With one down and runners on first and second, Kim Bruins lifted a ball just over the left field fence and off the outstretched glove of Gators sophomore left fielder Brianna Little for a three-run homer that provided Texas an early 3-0 advantage.

Florida responded by loading the bases in the bottom frame on a walk and two batters being hit by pitches, but sophomore designated player Lauren Haeger stranded all three of her teammates by striking out on a full count to end the inning.

Luna no-hit the Gators for 3.1 innings until freshman catcher Taylore Fuller finally smacked a single down the left field line. Florida wound up with two down and runners on first and second but left the inning without plating a run as sophomore pinch hitter Bailey Castro registered UF’s ninth strikeout in the first four innings.

Junior right-hander Hannah Rogers (7.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) allowed too many lead-off batters on but only struggled mightily in the top of the third. Luna (7.0 IP, 1 H, 5 BB, 14 K) simply out-pitched her as the Gators swung at too many pitches outside and off the plate. UF struck out 39 times during 29 innings of WCWS play (three games), an average of 1.34 times per inning.

Florida concludes the 2013 season by exceeding everyone’s expectations. The Gators swept the Southeastern Conference Championships (regular-season, tournament) and were ranked as a top-five team in the nation over their final 62 games of the 2013 campaign. UF advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 11th-straight season and moved on to the WCWS for the fifth time in the last six years.

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4 Responses to “No. 4 Texas blanks No. 2 Florida 3-0, eliminating Gators from Women’s College World Series”

  1. one says:

    I’ve seen fans on boards deriding the team for the game today and complaining that Walton hasn’t made any adjustments in the postseason. Ridiculous. The team shouldn’t even be here after losing Shuttie, Coyle, Moultrie and the Fagan sisters. The team lost on one pitch to a rested team. Anyone upset about softball should get their heads checked.

  2. SC-Gator says:

    Agreed, this team over achieved to levels that is hard to believe. I’ve seen some discussion over which team had the more successful season for us this year, football or basketball. For my money, the correct answer is softball.

  3. cline says:

    Girls looked gassed after the long night prior. Dog Days of Summer have begun

  4. Ken (CA) says:

    My problem wasn’t this game, after the Nebraska game that had the correct call been made in the 7th would have been rested, my problem was the first game and how they tanked it for their worst loss of the season to a team they beat 2/3 times on the road and the 3rd loss was in extra innings.

    They just didn’t seem focused in game 1. Probably due to youth for the most part, but Hannah Rogers had been there before and just seemed lost the first inning before she got yanked.

    This team loses barely anyone and should be a top 3 team to begin next year after what they did last year, and maybe there will be big things next year….it is tough to have a sports program that is so consistently great that oftentimes anything less than a championship is a letdown.

    I wouldn’t have had a problem with them not winning if it weren’t how they lost it, an a bracket that really set up well for them. It was kind of like the top seeded baseball team that decided not to show up in Omaha, only not as bad as that because they didn’t have the expectations that that team did, but the same kind of feeling

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