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Gators fall to Texas A&M in extra innings

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Megan Gibson (41-2) threw a seven-hitter and Spittler squeezed a line drive just inside the right field line to send Texas A&M to the Women's College World Series finals for the first time since its championship season of 1987.

Macie Morrow grounded a two-out single through the right side off NCAA wins leader Stacey Nelson (46-5) to set the stage for Spittler's first career triple, which bounded past Mary Ratliff in the right-field corner.

"Kelsey Spittler and Macie Morrow were 0-for-the-World Series and you know what? They don't remember any of those other at-bats that they didn't get a hit," Texas A&M coach Jo Evans said. "They remember that they stepped up there and did a job for us and gave us a chance to play for a national championship."

Spittler had been 0-for-10 in the Series and Morrow was 1-for-10 before the last two hitters in A&M's lineup came through in the clutch.

After back-to-back singles to start the bottom of the ninth, Gibson (41-2) got Ratliff to ground into a double play and Megan Bush to pop out to end the game.

Gibson also pitched around three straight one-out singles in the sixth inning, escaping from of the jam by getting Francesca Enea to ground into a force play and Ali Gardiner to fly out to left field.

Jami Lobpries had a diving catch of Kristine Priebe's floater to shallow center to start the inning.

"Megan Gibson was vintage Gibson. She is so tough out there and she just willed this to happen," Evans said. "When we couldn't put runs across — we set the table several times and couldn't get a big hit — she was the one that hung in out there and gave us a chance. She gave us a chance to find a way to score a run."

Florida, which got two home runs from Enea in Game 1 against the Aggies to stay alive, finished the season with three more wins than any other school in NCAA history.

"It's tough to lose but I don't know that any team has or ever will go 70-5," Gators coach Tim Walton said. "It's just unbelievable."

Gators fall to Texas A&M in extra innings 06/01/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 9:22am]
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