The Florida Gators have steamrolled opponents to move to within one win of playing for the NCAA national softball title.
Florida senior right-hander Hannah Rogers tossed a three-hit shutout to lead the Gators to a 4-0 win over No. 1-ranked Oregon on Friday night in a Women’s College World Series winners’ bracket game at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
“We executed our game plan and we’ve been playing great defense,” said coach Tim Walton. “That all sounds great but Hannah pitched a great game, which is why we’re where we’re at.”
Florida has outscored opponents 64-4 in the NCAA tournament. The Gators lost 4-3 to Washington in the second game of their super regional but have posted shutouts in their remaining seven games.
“This team has set a lofty goal (to win a national championship),” Walton said. “I give them a ton of credit for buying in and being accountable. All 17 girls are doing their part.”
The Gators (52-12) need only one win to reach the best-of-three final that starts Monday night. The Gators are off Saturday, waiting to see whether Florida State, Baylor or Kentucky will have to beat them twice on Sunday.
“It’s a great spot to be in, no doubt,” Walton said. “We came through it undefeated to reach the championship and we came through the losers’ bracket… It will be tough no matter who we play. The great part is somebody has to beat us twice. I like our chances the way we’re playing.”