Gators misfire and have one more shot

The University of Michigan softball team scored one run on two hits in the bottom of the first inning, which proved to be the difference in Game 2 of the Women’s College World Series Championship Series as the Wolverines downed the University of Florida, 1-0, on Tuesday night in front of 8,254 people at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

In what was a classic pitcher’s duel that saw UM’s Haylie Wagner (25-2) come out the victor, as she threw seven scoreless innings, struck out five Florida hitters and walked none.

Her counterpart, UF senior Lauren Haeger (31-2), kept the Gators in the contest the whole way as she threw six strong innings but the first inning run couldn’t be overcome by the UF offense.

In the bottom of the first, UM’s Sierra Lawrence and Sierra Romero each reached base by way of a single and fielder’s choice to lead off the frame. One batter later, Lauren Sweet drilled a RBI single into center field.

After Sweet’s single, Haeger retired 17 of the final 21 Wolverines she faces.

The Gators best chance to score came in the top of the second, as UF had runners on the corners with two outs, but were unable to capitalize. That was the lone Gator baserunner to reach third base all night.

Florida and Michigan will play a decisive WCWS Championship Series Game 3 tomorrow night at HOF Stadium in Oklahoma City at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.


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