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2017 Women’s College World Series: Florida falls to Oklahoma as Sooners clinch back-to-back titles

The Gators go down 5-4 in a sweep.

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The Florida Gators fall 5-4 to the Oklahoma Sooners, as the Sooners have clinched back-to-back Women’s College World Series titles.

The Sooners made quick work of the Gators in Oklahoma City, winning the Best of 3 series in just two games. After a marathon, 17-inning affair on Monday, it took just seven innings to seal the deal on Tuesday.

After Nicole Mendes led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run, Florida was quick to answer with three runs in the second. A home run by Sophia Reynoso got things started, and then Aleshia Ocasio added another run with a single. Kayli Kvistad forced in a run after being hit by a pitch, and the Gators then took a 3-1 lead into the second.

Something something, blew a 3-1 lead, Florida saw that two-run lead go up in smoke in the blink of an eye. After a walk drawn by Caleigh Clifton, Shay Knighten picked up the biggest hit of the night (again). After Knighten’s three-run, go-ahead blast on Monday, she collected another three-run hit. This time it was a bases-clearing double that propped OU up 5-3.

Although Chelsea Herndon cut the deficit to 5-4 with a home run in the third, Oklahoma’s pitching shut the Gators down in the ensuing four stanzas.

Hats off to both teams for a terrific series and terrific runs.