If a showdown Sunday afternoon is anything like a three-game series six weeks ago, the first game of Sunday's action at the Women's College World Series should produce some drama.
Florida rapped out 10 hits Saturday night to post a 5-2 win over California and earn a rematch with Alabama.
The two SEC rivals met in a three-game series in late April in Gainesville. 'Bama ace Kesli Dunne tossed a three-hit shutout in the first game, but the Gators won two wild games the final two days.
"Bama always is an amazing game," said Florida left fielder Kelsey Bruder. "It's been back and forth throughout the years. They've gotten us as many times as we've gotten them. A lot of games are won in dramatic fashion. I'm looking forward to it."
Florida (54-11) must beat Alabama twice Sunday to advance to the best-of-three final that begins Monday night. Alabama (52-9) needs only one win.
"Even with the build up and drama it comes down to two great teams playing against each other and two great pitching staffs," said Florida coach Tim Walton. "We've got our work cut out for us to beat them twice. They had that No. 1 ranking for a long time for a reason.
"It's a challenge but I have these hitters on my side."
The Gators fell behind 2-0 in the first inning against Cal, but the nation's top offense scored three runs in third, one in the fourth and one in the fifth behind two hits each from Bruder, Michelle Moultrie, Brittany Schutte and Aja Paculba.
Florida has scored 16 runs in three games, most of any team at the WCWS.
"Jolene Henderson had some very good stuff. She was filthy. It was ridiculous," Walton said. "Give our guys credit. I always knew we could hit. But as good as we hit tonight, as good as we hit (Friday) night and as good as we hit (Thursday) it's a tribute to them. They have a fight inside them."