Florida falls in first game of Women's College World Series championship

The decision to award Washington pitcher Danielle Lawrie Player of the Year honors may not have been so controversial afterall.

Lawrie (41-8) threw a two-hitter against top-seeded Florida to lead the Huskies to an 8-0 win in the first game of the best-of-three championship series of the Women's College World Series.

Lawrie, who beat out Florida's Stacey Nelson for Player of the Year, set a Washington record with her 41st career shutout.

The Gators suffered their first loss in 29 games, breaking the NCAA’s longest win streak of the season. The eight-run loss was the worst for Florida since a 10-2 loss to UCLA on March 3, 2007.

For Nelson, it was only her fourth loss of the season. She allowed five hits and six runs, four earned.

Florida (63-4) will play Washington (50-12) tonight at 8 on ESPN2. A loss will end the Gators' season; a win sends them into the final game Tuesday night.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 1:01pm]

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