Another shutout and win as Gators advance

Lauren Haeger did it again. The senior pitcher / home run hitter did both in fine fashion Friday night. Hitting the 70th home run of her career, a two run shot in a scoreless game in the fifth inning, she also won her 71st career game and added another shutout to her resume as well. The Gators kept rolling.

Looking to defend their 2014 National Championship, the Gators are now 2-0 in Oklahoma City after defeating LSU 4-0. Florida has gone 7-0 in NCAA Tournament games so far this year, six of those have been shutouts.

The Gators started the game much like Thursday’s win over Tennessee in the Women’s College World Series (WCWS). They left the bases loaded in the first inning without scoring a run. Leaving runners in scoring position has been an issue even for the post season undefeated Gators, but the defense has been absolutely stellar.

Haeger and the defense worked themselves out of a bases loaded and no-out first inning as well. With the fourth batter up, Florida went home on a grounder for out one. Then super defenseman shortstop Katie Medina tags advancing runner to third and throws out runner at first for the double play.

That would be closest LSU came the rest of the way as Haeger would retire 16 of the next 18 batters on the day. The National Player of the Year is now 30-1 on the season and continues her dominance of the college game this year.

With a 2-0 lead, Haeger and the gators were helped with freshman Nicole DeWitt’s second-career home run, a solo shot in the sixth inning. Florida tacked on an insurance run after Kirsti Merritt stole her way to third base and then a throwing error allowed her to notch the final run of the game.

It was only the third shutout for this LSU team all season long. Something no doubt that Florida has made a habit of for different teams this season.

Florida will face the winner of Saturday night's first elimination game in the semifinals at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday on ESPN.

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