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Gators stay alive with extra-inning victory

By Scott Wright Published: June 1, 2008
Of Angela Tincher's 19 strikeouts, three of them had come courtesy of Florida's Mary Ratliff when the Gator senior came to the plate in the top of the ninth inning.

Tincher, Virginia Tech's ace, went back to the pitch that had kept Ratliff whiffing all day, but Ratliff was ready.

She lined a bases-loaded single past the Hokie shortstop to score the game's only runs as Florida stayed alive in Saturday's loser's bracket action of the Women's College World Series with a 2-0 win at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

"My low rise ball had been working on her, but I don't know. She made adjustments to it,” said Tincher, who finished her senior season with 679 strikeouts.

Though Tincher was dominant in her final collegiate appearance, Florida's Stacey Nelson matched her with a two-hitter. She struck out eight and walked three, two of which were intentional.

"I was able to command both sides of the plate, and my changeup was working,” said Nelson, who was scheduled to pitch again for the Gators in Saturday night's late elimination game against UCLA.

The win was a milestone victory on two fronts. It was the top-seeded Gators' first WCWS win and their 68th of the season, which is an NCAA record.

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Virgina Tech's Kelsey Hoffman tags out Florida's Tiffany DeFelice in the ninth inning Saturday. BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN

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