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Florida reaches softball World Series final

Taylor Schwarz hits a three-run double in the fifth inning to put Florida up 5-0 against Baylor. It wins 6-3 and faces Alabama in the best-of-three final.

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Taylor Schwarz hits a three-run double in the fifth inning to put Florida up 5-0 against Baylor. It wins 6-3 and faces Alabama in the best-of-three final.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Hannah Rogers pitched a complete game as Florida beat Baylor 6-3 to reach the final of the softball World Series on Sunday.

The Gators face Alabama, which eliminated Oklahoma 2-0 on Sunday, in the best-of-three series. Game 1 is tonight (8, ESPN2).

The Crimson Tide, the 2012 national champ, took two of three in March in Gainesville. In the Gators' other trips to the final, they were swept by Washington in 2009 and Arizona State in 2011.

Florida beat Baylor 11-0 in Thursday's opener behind two home runs. Sunday, it had eight hits and three walks but no home runs.

"The little things win games here in the College World Series," Florida coach Tim Walton said. "Just proud of our kids for believing in … themselves and in their abilities and not trying to do too much."

Rogers allowed three runs on five hits and threw 96 pitches.

"I just want to continue to not overthink anything and use my defense," she said. "They've been doing a great job here and all year."

Florida scored single runs in the third and fourth. And Taylor Schwarz's three-run double made it 5-0 in the fifth. That was enough against the Bears, who came from 7-0 down to beat Kentucky on Saturday night.

Walton said that rally might have sapped Baylor's energy: "I can tell you that being on the other side of that coin, winning an emotional game in the fashion that they did, I know how draining it can be."

Baseball: Host Miami trailed Texas Tech 1-0 in the seventh when the NCAA regional game was suspended because of a third rain delay. It will resume today at a time to be determined this morning. The Hurricanes need to win to force a winner-take-all rematch. Earlier Sunday, Zack Collins homered twice as Miami beat Bethune-Cookman 10-0 in an elimination game.

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