Florida takes ti­tle in soft­ball again

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Florida won its sec­ond straight na­tional cham­pi­onship be­hind Lau­ren Haeger’s com­plete game in a 4-1 vic­tory over Michi­gan on Wed­nes­day night at Ok­la­homa City.

Haeger gave up five hits and struck out five. She reached base on all four of her plate ap­pear­ances, earn­ing most-out­stand­ing-player hon­ors. Florida be­came just the third pro­gram to re­peat as Women’s Col­lege World Se­ries cham­pion, and the first since Ari­zona in 2006-07.

Michi­gan (60-8) was go­ing for its first ti­tle since 2005. Haylie Wag­ner, who shut out Florida on Tues­day to keep the Wolver­ines alive, got the loss.

The Ga­tors (60-7) scored all their runs in the first two in­nings. Jus­tine McLean had two hits and Tay­lor Schwarz knocked in two runs for Florida. Haeger sin­gled in Kelsey Ste­wart in the bot­tom of the first to give Florida a 1-0 lead. It was the first earned run against Wag­ner in 20 in­nings at the World Se­ries. Schwarz’s sin­gle with two outs knocked in Ni­cole De­Witt and Haeger to make it 3-0.

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