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Gators open up WCWS with 8-0 run-rule win over Aggies

The Florida Gators offense took off on Thursday and score in every inning as the softball Gators posted an 8-0 win over SEC foe Texas A&M to open up the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.

Aleshia Ocasio finished things off with a three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth to give the Gators their final runs, but the offense was on point the entire game.

The Gators scored in every inning, starting in the first when Kayli Kvistad rocketed a one-out double to the left-center field wall.  Nicole DeWitt would follow with a walk Ocasio would get her first of here two hits with a single to right field and load the bases. Janell Wheaton then stepped up to the plate ad delivered a 2 RBI single up the middle scoring Kvistad and DeWitt.

While National Player of the Year Kelly Barnhill was dishing it on the mound, the Gator bats struck again in the second.

A two-out single to left by Justine McLean got things started. McLean would steal second before Amanda Lorenz would walk and put two on. Kvistad followed with another walk and with bases loaded

With the score 4-0, the Gators scored again in the third inning. Wheaton would walk to lead off the inning. Pinch runner Katie Chronister would come in and would be sacrificed over to second on a bunt by pinch hitting Alex Voss. Sophia Reynoso would then single to left scoring Chronister and making the score 5-0.

The Gators scored in all innings of the contest when Lorenz led off the fourth with a single up the middle. Kvistad would ground out to first but Lorenz advanced to second. DeWitt walked to put two on when Ocasio stepped up and smashed the ball over right-center for three RBI and the final 8-0 score.

Barnhill would make it through the first batter of the fifth inning when she gave up a single to Sarah Hudek. Delanie Gourley would step in and get the next two batters including Milligan who hit into a double play to end the contest.

Barnhill got the win tallying five strike outs, and only one walk, while giving up three hits over the four innings she accounted for.

Florida won on the run-rule because of the eight run difference after the close of the fifth inning and will now advance to play the winner of the LSU – UCLA contest being played later today.  The next contest is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday. 

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