Florida sweeps ’Bama to reach finals
Gators to face Arizona St. in best-of-three championship series
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Kelsey Bruder and Brittany Schutte hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning, sending Florida to a 9-2 victory Sunday against Alabama and a spot in the Women’s College World Series finals against top-seeded Arizona State.
The Gators needed to beat the second-seeded Crimson Tide (53-11) twice to reach the championship round and immediately jumped on Kelsi Dunne to take control in both games.
Florida (56-11) scored a World Series record 11 runs in the first inning of the first game, then Bruder and Schutte provided a quick 3-0 lead in the rematch. Aja Paculba added a three-run homer in the seventh, before Alabama pushed across its only two runs.
Arizona State beat Florida 6-5 in their previous meeting at this World Series.