Game recap: Florida Gators softball beats Oregon State at Women's College World Series
The Florida Gators, who were a fixture in the Women's College World Series softball finals in the 2010s, are back for the first time this decade.
The Gators made the trip to Oklahoma City every year in the 2010s except one (2012), and won the NCAA title in 2014 and 2015. And technically, outside of this season, the WCWS has only been held one other time in the 2020s – last season.
Florida (48-17) is peaking at exactly the right time. The Gators have won 12 out of their last 16, pounding the ball on offense. That attack has been led by Skylar Wallace, who went 6-for-10 in the super regional series win over Virginia Tech, driving in four runs and hitting a home run. Leadoff hitter Kendra Falby, meanwhile, is 12-for-22 in the tournament and has scored 10 runs.
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Oregon State (39-20) had a losing record in Pac-12 play this season at 9-15 and finishing sixth, but got hot when it needed to. The Beavers got through the Knoxville regional by beating Ohio State and Tennessee twice each, then getting past Pac-12 rival Stanford in the super regional on the road.
Final: Florida 7, Oregon State 1
Two more for Gators. Florida 7, Oregon State 1 in the sixth.
8:42 p.m. | Home run for UF
Charla Echols with HR. Florida 5, Oregon State 1.
8:27 p.m. | Gators add to lead
UF up 4-1 in the fourth inning.
Gators up 2-1 after two innings.
7:15 p.m. | Oregon State in lead
Beavers score one in the first.
7:05 p.m. | Game underway
Gators are batting second. Lexie Delbrey the starter for UF.
Where and when will the Florida Gators play the Oregon State Beavers?
Where: OGE Energy Field at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex, Oklahoma City
When: 7 p.m., Thursday
How can I watch the Florida Gators vs. the Oregon State Beavers on TV, streaming?
Live stream: WatchESPN, ESPN Plus and the ESPN app.
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