2014 Women's College World Series: Florida vs. Baylor, open thread

Rich DeCray

Can the Gators get to the championship series again?

Late Saturday night (or early Sunday morning), Oregon ousted Oklahoma from the 2014 Women's College World Series, leaving just four teams remaining in Oklahoma City: Florida, and, in Alabama, Baylor, and Oregon, three teams the Gators have defeated this year.

You could say things are setting up nicely for the Gators.

On Sunday, they will have two chances to beat Baylor — a team the Gators run-ruled in five innings on Thursday — once, and advance to the three-game championship series of the 2014 WCWS. And, frankly, they should: Florida has yet to allow a run in Oklahoma City, and is tied with Baylor (last in runs allowed) for the lead in runs scored with 15, despite playing one fewer game than the Bears have. The Baylor offense that tattooed Florida State and roared back late against Kentucky mustered just one hit against Hannah Rogers on Thursday.

Florida needs to win only once because one win eliminates the Bears from the double-elimination portion of the WCWS; Baylor needs to win twice, consequently, to eliminate the currently unbeaten Gators.

Rogers will take the mound for the Gators in the first game, which will be broadcast by ESPN at 1 p.m., while Whitney Canion, whom Florida chased after 3.1 innings on Thursday, will be on the bump for Baylor.

I'll be in the comments (and on Twitter). I invite you to join me.

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