Rogers deals Florida to WCWS win over Oregon

By Adam Silverstein
May 30, 2014

By Jordan McPherson — Contributor

Senior right-handed pitcher Hannah Rogers is taking no prisoners in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, turning in another brilliant shutout performance to propel the No. 5 seed Florida Gators over the No. 1 seed Oregon Ducks 4-0 on Friday in the second round of the Women’s College World Series.

Rogers (7.0 IP, 3 H, 5 K, BB) faced just two batters above the minimum against Oregon (55-8-1) as she registered her 40th career solo shutout and extended her streak of consecutive scoreless innings to 33 – including 28-straight in NCAA Tournament play.

Florida (52-12) has now shutout its opponent in seven of eight NCAA Tournament games and is outscoring its adversaries 64-4 in that span.

“I’m just competing against myself,” Rogers said in a postgame interview on ESPN2. “[I’m] just throwing my pitches and throwing what I’ve always known to do.”

While the Gators stymied the Ducks on offense — handing the event’s top seed just its second shutout of the season — UF had no trouble finding success at the plate.

Junior right fielder Bailey Castro (3/4, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R) got things started in the second inning when she led off the top frame with a solo homer. She came around again in the next inning and ripped a two-out RBI single to left field, sending sophomore second baseman Kelsey Stewart (2/3, R, SB) home to score.

The bases were cleared one batter later as junior left fielder Briana Little (1/3, 2 RBI) registered a two-run double after Oregon 2B Karine Shaver dropped a pop up. Castro and sophomore center fielder Kirsti Merritt (2/3, R, BB) crossed the plate, increasing Florida’s lead to 4-0 through three innings.

Ducks RHP Cheridan Hawkins (3.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 K, 2 BB) got pulled in the fourth as the Gators roughed up yet another opposing ace. Though RHP Karissa Hovinga (3.2 IP, 3 H, 4 K) was brilliant in relief, it was too little too late for Oregon.

The Gators must now wait for the two WCWS elimination games to end before they find out who their opponent will be on Sunday in the event semifinals. Florida is one victory away from advancing to the WCWS Championship Series for the first time since 2011.


  1. Gatoralum88 says:

    Yeah, I watched the softball & Hannah Rogers was great. I then watched the baseball team on ESPN3. Is anyone even slightly surprised by that outcome? They sure gave that one away. There were SO MANY missed opportunities!!! Sully!!!…you’re a GREAT coach but you MUST do a better job with small ball chances!!! With no outs & a man on YOU MUST have your hitter LAY DOWN A BUNT!!! How many times must you watch your team hit into a double-play before you get it??? Does it always lead to a run? No….but it gives your lousy hitting team a better chance than not.

    Obviously, the 3 hour rain delay had an effect on Shore who technically is still a freshman although he’s been outstanding all year. After that shaky 1st-inning he settled down nicely only to watch Gator bats look terrible as usual!!! Also, someone should tutor Braden Mattson on base running. Yo Braden!…you can’t pass your teammates on the bases!!! Pay attention!!! It’s not the first time Mattson has made a costly base running blunder this year either.

    If they end up 2 & BBQ they’ll only have their sorry hitting to blame!

    • Ken (CA) says:

      that is what I meant previously by both softball and baseball could win it all or lose to anyone. Baseball was screwed in how they placed teams.

      Oregon is a great team, and could win it all, fortunately UF won’t have to face them again, unless both make the championship series. Oregon flips to opposite side of bracket now.

  2. Ken (CA) says:

    and yes, very surprised at outcome, even giving 3 runs in first, so many opportunities blown…

  3. Ken (CA) says:

    fortunately, we have very deep pitching staff, and can still pull it out…

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