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2018 Women’s College World Series: Florida falls to UCLA

A controversial call leads to a loss.

The Florida Gators are suddenly looking at elimination in the 2018 Women’s College World Series. This after their 6-5 loss to the UCLA Bruins on Friday night in Oklahoma City.

The Gators looked to have things in control as they held a 4-0 lead entering the 4th inning. But a big inning from the Bruins allowed them to put up a 5-spot in the stanza to go ahead 5-4. It did not come without controversy, however.

It more than appeared here that Bruins outfielder Aaliyah Jordan was tagged out at home by Gators catcher Janell Wheaton. However, the home plate umpire called her safe, despite the fact that instant replays indicated otherwise. That being said, there is no instant replay in the WCWS, so the play was not able to reviewed. It caused a turning point in the game, as it could’ve led to a double play that would’ve ended the inning with UF up 4-1. That didn’t happen, and UCLA was able to mount their way into the lead.

Another run was tacked on in the 6th and despite Florida trimming the deficit to one, UCLA pulled away with the victory in the 7th inning.

The Gators will face off with the winner of ASU-Oklahoma on Saturday and will look to stave off elimination, much like Georgia, who will tackle FSU later in the day.