One more for the prize

The Florida Gators' softball battery of senior pitcher Hannah Rogers and sophomore catcher Aubree Munro were just about all it took on Monday for the Gators (54-12) to move one game closer to their first national championship in the sport. The Gators' first win in a Women's College World Series Championship series came in the form of a 5-0 over SEC rival Alabama (53-12).

Rogers threw a complete game shutout and was able to put out every batter through the first six innings before allowing two runners in the last inning (7) and then closing it out. She allowed just four hits, forced 14 ground outs, and struck out three on the night. She had a perfect game going until the bottom of the fifth inning.

Munro scored the first hit of the game for the Gators and it happened to be a solo home run in her first at bat on the night. That single run was enough to win because of Roger's dominant pitching and the Gators' top rated defense behind her.

That Gator defense registered two double plays and has six so far in the NCAA Tournament leading all teams. The Gators did not make an error for the fourth consecutive WCWS games. Florida is the only team with a perfect fielding percentage in Oklahoma City this year.

The Gators added a couple of runs on Alabama's ace Jaclyn Traina in the fifth inning when a bunt got Kelsey Stewart to first, a double by Kirsti Merrit drove Stewart home, and then Merritt scored on a single by Stephanie Tofft. Two more runs in the seventh inning allowed for the final score.

Florida plays Alabama again Tuesday night at 8 pm on ESPN. A Gator win means they will own their first national championship in the sport. A Crimson Tide win and the two teams will square off again on Wednesday, again on ESPN, and winner take all.


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