Missed opportunities prove costly for A&M in WCWS opener

Missed opportunities prove costly for A&M in WCWS opener

Game one of the 2017 Women's College World Series came and went on Thursday as Texas A&M Softball fell to the No. 1 Florida Gators, 8-0, in a five-inning decision, marking the first time the Aggies have lost by run-rule this season.

The Aggies will play in an elimination game at 11 a.m. Saturday against the loser of this afternoon's LSU/UCLA game.

Allie Walljasper (18-5) threw a complete game for LSU.

Ocasio and pinch runner Alex Voss scored to make it 2-0 Florida on Herndon's fourth double of the year.

Washington starter Taran Alvelo was almost flawless in the outing, tossing a complete-game two-hitter to help her team advance to the WCWS semifinals against Florida on Sunday at 12 p.m. ET. After a sac bunt moved runners to second and third, Shay Knighten delivered the go-ahead single with a bloop just beyond first base that plated both runners.

Kelly Barnhill was her usual dominant self in the circle for the Gators, allowing just two hits and striking out eight over seven innings. She also threw out a runner at first base for an assist in her only attempt. "I think our team fought hard, and it just didn't seem to happen or all come together for us".

Gourley (22-4) had two strikes on Julia DePonte with two outs in the seventh before DePonte hit a two-run homer for the Huskies.

Kvistad homered in the first inning and had a two-run single in the second to knock out Huskies right-hander Taran Alvelo (33-9), second in the nation in victories.

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My message to our team is trust yourself; there's a reason you're playing in the College World Series.

"Congratulations to Washington. Obviously a great team, and we've battled them many a times here and many a times in general".

"I told the girls, you know, nothing has been very smooth for this team this year", Inouye-Perez said.

Walton played college baseball at Oklahoma in 1994-1995 and was an assistant to Gasso from 1999-2002, and Gators pitching coach Jennifer Rocha played for Gasso 1996-1998. They'll face an unknown opponent on Sunday. Jordan Roberts was hit by a pitch. The Sooners (59-9) wasted little time to rally. Last year's World Most Outstanding Player of the World Series Paige Parker, picked up her 24th win on the mound.

OKLAHOMA CITY - Nicole Pendley hit a three-run home run in the first inning, and Oklahoma opened defense of its Women's College World Series title with a victory over Baylor.

For Oregon coach Mike White, it was a situation that he would've liked to challenge and ask the umpires to take another look.

Oklahoma has won three of four this season against the Bears.

GAME 5 Florida (56-8) vs. LSU (47-20), 6 p.m.

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