OKLAHOMA CITY — Florida exploded early and scored often, defeating Alabama 16-2 to set up a return meeting between the two at 7 p.m. ET with the winner headed to the championship series of the Women’s College World Series.
The 16 runs for the Gators tied at WCWS record for most runs in a game, ironically set last year when UCLA scored 16 on Florida in the opener.
The Gators left little doubt, jumping out to an 11-0 lead in the first inning. The 11 runs were a WCWS record for runs in an inning. Michelle Moultrie led off the bottom of the first with a solo shot, her third of the WCWS and the Gators never looked back.
Brittany Schutte and Cheyenne Coyle each homered and drove in four runs for the Gators. Schutte’s grand slam was only the seventh in WCWS history.
Stephanie Brombacher went the distance, giving up just three hits and two runs in the five-inning game, as the Gators easy put the run-rule in effect.
Florida has won three of four meetings between the two schools this season, taking two of three in Gainesville. The winner goes on to the championship round and will look to become the first SEC school to win the WCWS.