Sooners, Gators advance
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.