No. 1 Florida Gators softball has run through the 2017 Women's College World Series, earning a 5-2 victory over the No. 6 Washington Huskies in Saturday's semifinal to advance to the WCWS Championship Series for the third time in four seasons.
LSU now switches to the bottom bracket and will play at 8:30 p.m. Saturday night against the victor of an elimination game earlier on Saturday between OR and Baylor.
Garcia (22-8) took the loss Thursday in a game that began with consecutive LSU doubles in the red-shirt freshman's WCWS debut.
Danica Mercado's two-run homer in the top of the fifth put the Ducks (54-8) up 2-0.
Washington starter Taran Alvelo was almost flawless in the outing, tossing a complete-game two-hitter to help her team advance to the WCWS semifinals against Florida on Sunday at 12 p.m. ET.
The Gators scored two more in the second on a single by Nicole DeWitt. It was her fifth homer of the season. Well, the story for us was just we didn't pitch as well as we're used to.
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Washington's two runs, both unearned, came with two out in the bottom of the seventh after a Florida error that would have ended the game.
Kvistad homered in the first inning and had a two-run single in the second to knock out Huskies right-hander Taran Alvelo (33-9), second in the nation in victories.
We're a pitching and defense type team, and I thought Delanie Gourley's stuff was as good as I've ever seen her stuff, and it was clear today that she had her A game, which was her first-ever College World Series start, by the way. She made a great throw and it was a bang-bang play.
"I know it sounds silly, but it's obvious", he said.
"It does come down to timely hitting, but it's not really about - you don't get the luxury when you're facing the pitchers that we're facing here at the series to just be able to pick up every RBI", UCLA Coach Kelly Inouye-Perez said.
No. 1 seed Florida, which dropped its super regional opener at home to Alabama, and Oklahoma, an uncharacteristically-low 10th seed coming in, separated themselves from the other six teams and became the clear-cut favorites to meet in the championship series starting Monday night. Jordan Roberts was hit by a pitch.
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Oregon's Megan Kleist (20-4) pitched a complete game in the loss.
Overall, Florida is now 13-1 at the WCWS since 2014, which is the most wins in the country during that span.
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For Oregon coach Mike White, it was a situation that he would've liked to challenge and ask the umpires to take another look.
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