Oklahoma Sooners advance past Florida in the NCAA softball WCWS finals

Coach Patty Gasso and the second-seeded OU softball team will look to bounce back from their first loss of the Women’s College World Series Tuesday against fourth-seeded Florida to clinch a spot in the championship series.

The winner will face top-seeded Texas in a best-of-three series on Wednesday evening in Devon Park.

Here’s what you need to know as the Sooners (56-6) take on the Gators (54-14):

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Jayda Coleman hits an opposite-field home run to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning.

It’s OU and Texas in the best-of-three WCWS finals, starting Wednesday night.

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Kelly Maxwell gets the Gators to ground out three times in the top of the eighth.

The top of the order belongs to the Sooners.

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Keagan Rothrock got Kinzie Hansen to ground out to lead off the bottom of the seventh.

Kasidi Pickering followed with a double to right-center, setting the stage for Rylie Boone, OU senior and “chaos coordinator.”

The Gators intentionally leave Boone out.

Cydney Sanders struck out and Avery Hodge flew to left to end the inning.

We’re going to overtime.

Kelly Maxwell scored a 1-2-3 top of the seventh, including a strikeout of Jocelyn Erickson.

We go to the bottom of the seventh inning, with the score tied at 5-5.

After Cydney Sanders lined to second base to open the inning, Avery Hodges doubled to right to give OU the tying run in scoring position.

But Jayda Coleman popped out to left for the second out.

Florida ace Keagan Rothrock then walked Tiare Jennings to bring up Ella Parker, who singled to Hodges to tie the score.

Alyssa Brito lined a ball to right to end the inning.

It’s 5-5 heading into the seventh.

Kelly Maxwell got out of trouble after giving up an infield single to Kendra Falby and walking Ava Brown, forcing a grounder to Skylar Wallace to end the inning.

The Sooners trail 5-4 with six outs to work with.

Ella Parker gave the Sooners a shock, then a scare.

But the Sooners couldn’t capitalize with a runner on second base and no outs.

After Parker reached second base, Alyssa Brito flied out to left, Kinzie Hansen advanced pinch-runner Maya Bland to third with a fly ball to left, then Rylie Boone flew out to left to keep Florida’s lead at 5-4 .

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Kelly Maxwell walked Jocelyn Erickson and Reagan Walsh with two outs, but this time the walks didn’t come back to bite the Sooners.

Each of the first two runners to reach base on a walk had come to score on home runs. But this time, Maxwell came back to get Katie Kistler to move to the middle to end the threat.

If she gets one, no one has more power on OU’s roster than Cydney Sanders.

Sanders got one in the fourth inning, throwing Keagan Rothrock’s 1-0 offering over the center-field fence for a two-run home run to cut OU’s deficit to 5-4.

Kasidi Pickering led off the inning with a single and two batters later, Sanders hit the Sooners’ second two-run homer of the day.

After allowing home runs in each of the first three innings, Kelly Maxwell retired the Gators in order in the fourth.

Maxwell struckout two in the inning and now has seven strikeouts in the game.

After scoring two in the first and threatening in the second, OU went down quietly in the third off Keagan Rothrock, with a grounder and two quick flyouts ending the inning with Florida leading 5-2.

Reagan Walsh reached out and barely put Kelly Maxwell’s first pitch of the at-bat over the wall in left field to extend Florida’s lead to 5-2.

Before that, Maxwell shut out five consecutive Gators, including Jocelyn Erickson.

The home run was the third Maxwell allowed in the game. Maxwell allowed just twelve goals all season and multiple home runs only twice.

Tiare Jennings got just under one and flew to left to end the inning after the Sooners put runners on the corner with two outs in the second.

OU trails Florida 4-2.

After the first two batters were retired, Avery Hodge and Jayda Coleman had back-to-back singles, Coleman’s of the bunt variety, before Jennings just missed on Keagan Rothrock’s 2-2 offering.

Ariel Kowalewski hit a two-run home run off Kelly Maxwell after Maxwell walked the leadoff hitter in the second inning, putting Florida ahead by two runs again.

Kowalewski’s homer was the sixth of the Gators’ last two games against the Sooners.

The Sooners have surrendered 47 home runs this season after allowing just 38 combined in the previous two seasons.

Maxwell came back and struckout the next three batters to get out of the inning without further damage.

It took a while for OU’s offense to get going in Monday’s game.

On Tuesday, the Sooners appeared to make some adjustments on Gators starter Keagan Rothrock.

Tiare Jennings hit a hard grounder to left center for a double with one out, then freshman Ella Parker, who had two singles off Rothrock on Monday, crushed a 1-0 pitch well over the center field wall to tie the game.

The home run was Parker’s 13th of the season.

The Sooners threatened further damage, with runners on first and second base with one out, but Kasidi Pickering grounded into a double play to end the inning.

SEC Player of the Year Jocelyn Erickson, who transferred to Florida from OU in the offseason, hit Kelly Maxwell’s 1-1 pitch to right to give Florida an early 2-0 lead.

Maxwell led off the inning by walking Skylar Wallace, who homered twice in Florida’s win over the Sooners on Monday. Two batters later, Erickson hit the home run.

After Patty Gasso opted to start Nicole May in the circle in Monday’s loss to Florida, Gasso went with Kelly Maxwell in the circle for Tuesday’s must-win game.

Maxwell (21-2, 1.86 ERA) was outstanding in her last outing, pitching a two-hit shutout in Saturday’s 1-0 win over UCLA.

Keagan Rothrock, who threw a complete game against the Sooners on Monday, is once again in the circle for Florida.

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What time does OU softball start vs. Florida?

  • Date: Tuesday June 5
  • Time: 1:00 PM CT
  • Where: Devon Park, Oklahoma City

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