Gators Roughed Up in Game 1 of WCWS

The Sun Devils hit four home runs and the onslaught started early. The Gators fell behind in the first inning and couldn't turn the offense on late in the game as they did in the teams' first matchup on Friday. Arizona State won the first game of the Women's College World Series championship series 14-4 over Florida. The Gators now must win the next two games to win the national championship.

Florida starting pitcher Hannah Rogers allowed one run in the first inning on an RBI single by Kaylyn Castillo that was misplayed by Florida center fielder Michelle Moultrie, allowing a run to score.

Rogers limited the scoring to one run in the first inning. In the second inning, she was one out away from keeping it a one-run game. Instead, she struggled and the Sun Devils scored six runs with two outs in the second. Krista Donnenwirth, who hit two home runs on the night, punctuated the two-out onslaught with a three-run home run to put Arizona State up 7-0 after two innings.

The Gators had a chance to play with a lead as they were hurt by a bad call in the first inning. After Michelle Moultrie walked to start the game, Tiffany DeFelice was hit in the forearm with a pitch. Home plate umpire Chris Drumm, who said that the ball hit DeFelice's bat and called it a foul ball, called her back to the plate. DeFelice flew out to right field, and Florida left Moultrie standing on third base when the inning ended.

Late home runs from Kelsey Bruder, Cheyenne Coyle and Michelle Moultrie got the Gators on the board, but that's all the offense Florida could muster against Sun Devils freshman Dallas Escobedo, who moved to 36-3 on the season.

Whether Escobedo or Rogers leads their team to the title, either would become the first freshman pitcher to win a national championship since Heather Compton for UCLA in 1990.

Game two of the series is at 8 p.m. on Tuesday. The Gators must win to force a third game or their season will be over.

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