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Florida softball begins play in Women's College World Series Championship tonight

When the Florida softball team lost a one-point 6-5heartbreaker to Arizona State in the Women's College World Series on Friday night, things didn't look so promising for the Gators to make it to the championship round. Florida starting pitcher Stephanie Brombacher is nursing a season-long shoulder injury, and the Gators were relying heavily on freshman backup Hannah Rogers.

However, the Gators survived three elimination games during the past weekend, defeating Alabama twice on Sunday, to earn its second trip in the past three seasons to the Women's College World Series Championship Series. The Gators put up six home runs and 25 total runs against Alabama  - in 16-2 and 9-2 victories - to advance to the WCWS Championship Series.

No. 4 seed Florida will play No. 1 seed Arizona State in the best-of-three series for the national championship beginning today at 8 p.m. The game will be televised live on ESPN2. Game two of the series will be Tuesday at 8 p.m. and, if necessary, game three will be Wednesday at 8 p.m. All games will be on ESPN2.

In the previous meeting Friday night, Florida trailed the Sun Devils 4-0 before scoring five straight runs in the fourth. Arizona State tied the game in the bottom of the fourth, then won on a walk-off single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh.

Florida last trip to the championship round ended in defeat to eventual national champion Washington in 2009.

The Gators enter tonight's game on a hot streak. Eight of Florida’s starters have hit a home run in the WCWS as the Gators have put up 41 runs, 11 home runs and knocked in 39 RBI through five games in the past four days. Florida has an 11-7 all-time record in the WCWS and a 41-25 NCAA Tournament record.

[Last modified: Monday, June 6, 2011 5:05pm]


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