Gator Softball Wins Wild Game Against Nebraska
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Florida freshman Taylore Fuller’s grounder to shortstop skipped past shortstop Alicia Armstrong and into right field, allowing a pair of Gators runners to score what turned out to be the decisive runs late Saturday night in a 9-8, 15-inning marathon win at the NCAA Women’s College World Series.
The game lasted nearly 5 1/2 hours and at 15 innings was the longest in UF softball history.
Of more significance, it advanced the second-seeded Gators (58-8) into an elimination game against Texas (50-9), which lost earlier in the day to top-ranked Oklahoma, Sunday at 1 p.m.
The score was tied at 7-7 to start the 15th when sophomore Lauren Haeger, hitless in her previous six at-bats, doubled down the left field line. Katie Medina then reached on an infield single to put runners at the corners.
That’s when Fuller stepped up and made rocket contact with a pitch right at Armstrong, who was cuffed by a bounce. The ball caromed into the outfield, allowing both Haeger and Medina score. Fuller was thrown out trying to stretch the play to third base.
Florida would need both of those runs.
Nebraska led off the bottom of the 15th with a double and got within 9-8.
Tatum Edwards drew a two-out walk and Gabby Banda followed with a single to left side, but Edwards was gunned down by Medina trying to get to third base and the game that started at 6:05 p.m. local time ended at 11:27 p.m.
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