Soon­ers, Ga­tors ad­vance

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS -

OK­LA­HOMA CITY — The Women’s Col­lege World Se­ries dream matchup is set.

Shay Knighten sin­gled in two runs in the fifth in­ning to help de­fend­ing cham­pion Ok­la­homa beat Ore­gon 4-2 on Sun­day in the semi­fi­nals.

The Soon­ers (59-9) will play top-seeded Florida on Mon­day night to start the best-of-three cham­pi­onship se­ries. The teams have com­bined to win the past four na­tional ti­tles, but are meet­ing for the first time in the cham­pi­onship se­ries.

Ok­la­homa coach Patty Gasso has great re­spect for Florida’s pro­gram. “They’re good, well-coached, very com­plete team,” she said. “Again, we’re go­ing to have to play re­ally, re­ally well, give all we’ve got, and we’re look­ing for­ward to it.”

Paige Parker earned the win and Paige Lowary got the save against Ore­gon (54-8).

Florida 5, Wash­ing­ton 2: De­laney Gour­ley was nearly per­fect, giv­ing the Ga­tors a chance for their third na­tional ti­tle in four years.

Gour­ley struck out 10 while throw­ing a two-hit­ter, help­ing the top-seeded Ga­tors (58-8) beat the Huskies in the semi­fi­nals.

Gour­ley had two strikes on Ju­lia DePonte with two outs in the sev­enth be­fore DePonte hit a two-run homer for the Huskies (50-16). The two un­earned runs were the first runs Florida has given up in the World Se­ries.

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