Florida's streak of holding teams scoreless in the post season has run to twenty-eight innings. A day after blanking the Baylor Bears 11-0 in the opener, Florida dealt Oregon a 4-0 loss to earn a day off on Saturday and advance in the winner's bracket.
"Someone has to beat us twice now so I like our chances and I like our position," Florida Head Coach Mike White said after the game.
His Gators scored all four of their runs in the second and third innings on Friday. Bailey Castro crushed a home run over the center field wall in the second and then her single to left field in the next inning scored Kelsey Stewart. Castro would end up coming home herself in the second, along with Kirsti Merritt, to provide Florida with their four runs. On the night Castro was 3-for-4 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored.
With the Gators were scoring the Ducks were being frustrated by Florida pitcher Hannah Rogers who fanned five batters and only gave up three hits in the game to improve her season record to 28-8.
In the other dugout Oregon's Cheridan Hawkins was responsible for all four runs that came with five hits and two walks. Ducks Head Coach Mike White questioned the strike zone after the game, saying that it wasn't being called equally. "It was a good strike zone for them but not for us," White said. "What was called for a strike for their pitcher wasn't getting called for us."
The Ducks will face an elimination game on Saturday with either ULL or Oklahoma while the Gators will wait until Sunday to play next, where they'd have to lose twice to keep out of the championship series that begins on Monday.