Two days after revealing the cause of a nearly monthlong absence, Oklahoma sophomore Jessica Shults played in a game for the first time since May 8. Shults, who lost 25 pounds in her battle with pan-ulcerative colitis, was the designated player in OU's 4-1 season-ending loss to Missouri. "I was pretty excited," Shults said. "It's been a long time. I worked pretty hard this last week to get back on the field. So it felt good. Just being back with my team has been the biggest part. I love my team. It was awesome to get to experience the World Series." What convinced coach Patty Gasso to play Shults? "Part of it is her smile and the look she has," Gasso said. "She's been working really hard on her swing. She's one of the best hitters in the country. Even when she's at 30 percent, it's pretty dang good. And I wanted to give her an opportunity to step forward for her team." Shults struck out in both at bats. SEC rivals square off Alabama and Florida square off Sunday for a berth in the finals. The Gators must win twice. The Crimson Tide needs only one win. The SEC rivals met six weeks ago in Gainesville, with Florida winning two of three. 'Bama won the first game 5-0 on Kelsi Dunne's 3-hit shutout. In the second game, the Tide scored two runs in the top of the seventh for a 5-3 lead but the Gators scored three in the bottom of the seventh for a 6-5 win. In the finale, Florida won 3-2 in nine innings. "It's two great teams," said Florida coach Tim Walton. "I hope it's bases loaded with two outs in the second game." After a brief pause, Florida left fielder Kelsey Bruder said: "I don't. I just want to win ... I hate to lose. I got sick to my stomach (Friday) night after that loss." Attendance update If the if-necessary session is needed Sunday and the finals extends to all three games, Women's College World Series attendance records will be shattered. Average fans per session will definitely be a record. Through the first five sessions the average attendance has been 8,106 following Saturday crowds of 8,161 (afternoon session) and more than 8,500 (evening session). The previous record per session was 6,951 last season. One record that won't be broken is the largest crowd in WCWS history — 9,080 on Saturday night last year. Wieligman: Good effort on key play The most pivotal play in Oklahoma State's season-ending 6-2 loss to California was a sinking line drive to right. OSU owned a 2-1 lead in the fifth but the Bears had the bases loaded. OSU right fielder Sammy Jo Diffendaffer tried to make an inning-ending catch but the ball bounced past her for a 3-run double. "I love Sammy Jo's effort on it," said OSU coach Rich Wieligman. "If she decides to play that on a hop, they still score. They're breaking with two outs. They're still going to score two runs and that puts them in the lead. But if she makes the catch we're in the driver's seat up one (run)." Moore WCWS reunion Three former Moore teammates had a reunion of sorts at the WCWS. OU third baseman Dani Dobbs, OSU second baseman Alysia Hamilton and Cowgirls shortstop Chelsea Garcia played at Moore under coach Robert Wakefield. Moore won the Class 6A state title when Dobbs and Hamilton were juniors, Garcia a sophomore. Five years later they played on opposite sides of the WCWS bracket. "All our dreams came true (reaching the WCWS)," Hamilton said. "All our friends from high school got to come watch us. It was really exciting. I even had a lot of people show up for the Super Regional. Coach Wakefield came. It was so exciting to see old friends and old fans.” Dialing long distance There were only four home runs hit the first five games of the Women's World College Series but six were slammed the next four games, including four in Arizona State's 6-5 win over Florida late Friday night. The Gators lead the nation with 113 homers. Alabama ranks fourth nationally with 89. Arizona State, which has hit three in two WCWS games, has 82 to rank fifth nationally. Big 12 still struggling The argument the Big 12 is the best conference this season has lost some steam at the WCWS. The Big 12 is 3-7 at the WCWS but is 0-4 against other conferences. All three wins were in head-to-head meetings — Baylor over Oklahoma State; Missouri over Oklahoma and Baylor-Missouri squaring off in the late night elimination game. Big 12 teams lost to Arizona State (twice), Florida, and California. No missed signs There's nothing more frustrating for a coach than when a player misses a sign. Veteran California coach Diane Ninemire has borrowed an idea from college football, giving players wristbands with a play list. When Ninemire goes through signs from the third base coach's box, the batter and base runners can look at their wrist band to know the play. When they play defense they leave their wristbands in the dugout.