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Gator Softball Heading to Championship Series

The Florida Gator softball team is heading to the Women’s College World Series Championship Series after a 5-2 victory over the Washington Huskies on Sunday. The Gators are now 13-2 in the WCWS since 2014.


Delanie Gourley started in the circle for the Gators on Sunday. Gourley only allowed two hits while adding 10 strikeouts. This marked Gourley’s first career start and fifth appearance in the WCWS.

Florida’s offense wasted no time getting on the board with a solo home run to right field in the top of the first inning from Kayli Kvistad. This is Kvistad’s second home run in the WCWS.

During the second inning, Florida added three more runs to the board. Take a look how it went down:

  • Chelsea Herndon walked
  • Sophia Reynoso out at first, SAC, bunt; Herndon advanced to second
  • Justine McLean singled to third base
  • Amanda Lorenz singled up the middle, advanced to second on the error; McLean advanced to second, advanced to third on a muffed throw; Herndon scored (UF leads 2-0)
  • Kvistad singled up the middle; Lorenz scored; McLean score (UF leads 4-0)

In the fifth inning, a single up the middle from Janell Wheaton allowed Nicole DeWitt to score Florida’s last run to give them a 5-0 lead.

Washington added two runs during the bottom of the seventh inning, both being unearned, after a Florida error. The Huskies Julia DuPonte had a two-run home run.

Up Next

The Gators will face No.10 Oklahoma, reigning champions, in the championship series on Monday night. First pitch is set to begin at 7 p.m. with live coverage on ESPN.

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