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Florida outlasts Nebraska in softball CWS

All-America pitcher Hannah Rogers and her Florida teammates win in 15 innings over Nebraska.


All-America pitcher Hannah Rogers and her Florida teammates win in 15 innings over Nebraska.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Florida's long day at the Women's College World Series turned really long, but worthwhile.

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The Gators (58-8), seeded second, outlasted Nebraska 9-8 in 15 innings at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium to stay alive in the softball national championships.

With two on and one out in the 15th inning, Taylore Fuller's shot off of Tatum Edwards went off shortstop Alicia Armstrong's leg and into rightfield. Lauren Haeger, who pitched seven innings in relief, scored from third and Jessica Damico scored from first. Fuller was thrown out trying to advance to third.

Florida faces Texas at 1 p.m. today in an elimination game.

It was Florida's second lead in extra innings. In the 10th, Briana Little homered down the leftfield line.

Florida starter Hannah Rogers, who left after seven innings, re-entered in the 15th to close it out. Nebraska scored another run but got no closer in the nearly 5½-hour game. Edwards threw 185 pitches in 9⅓ innings for the Cornhuskers.

Florida took a 6-2 lead with six runs in the fifth, capped by pinch-hitter Bailey Castro's RBI single.

The Cornhuskers (45-16) rallied twice, scoring three in the seventh after getting within two outs of elimination. Then in the 10th, Taylor Edwards homered to tie it at 7.

The clear blue sky above the stadium offered little hint of the chaos the night before.

After a harrowing night of severe storms in central Oklahoma, the tournament resumed in the afternoon with two winners' bracket games, in which Tennessee beat Washington 1-0 and Oklahoma routed Texas 10-2.

Those games had been scheduled Friday, but instead, at least six of the eight participating teams rode out the storms at the Cox Convention Center, which has an underground parking garage, and in the tunnels that connect it to hotels in downtown Oklahoma City.

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