After a dramatic double-header last Sunday the Florida Gators wrapped up the Super Regional and punched their ticket to Oklahoma City’s Women’s College World Series.
The Gators (50-12) will open play against the Baylor Bears at noon on Thursday. The WCWS is a double-elimination tournament that will ultimately send the final two teams to the World Series Finals, which is a best of three format. Florida has made it to that final round twice, but is 0-4 on that stage.
UF’s second opponent in the World Series may be archival Florida State; if the Gators and Noles both win their first game they will meet in the winner’s bracket, and if they both lose their first game they will meet in the loser’s bracket with their seasons on the line.
Many Gators fans remember last year’s 15 inning WCWS thriller that Florida eventually pulled out, but that win was sandwiched between tough losses to Tennessee and Texas as the Gators were quickly eliminated.
In the postseason so far the University of Florida is 5-1, losing only to Washington 4-3. In their five wins, Florida shut out their opponents (including Washington twice) by a combined score of 46-0. Up until now the Gators have enjoyed home field advantage, but their remaining games will be played on a neutral field.