Georgia eliminates Florida Gators at Women's College World Series
Brianna Hesson singled home the go-ahead run in the fifth inning and Erin Arevalo struck out the final five batters to snuff out a Florida rally and secure a 3-2 win for Georgia on Saturday night at the Women's College World Series.
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OKLAHOMA CITY — Brianna Hesson singled home the go-ahead run in the fifth inning and Erin Arevalo struck out the final five batters to snuff out a Florida rally and secure a 3-2 win for Georgia on Saturday night at the Women's College World Series.
Alisa Goler hit a two-run homer in the first inning for the sixth-seeded Bulldogs (50-12), who immediately bounced back after Florida (49-10) came back to tie it in the top of the fifth.
Megan Wiggins was hit by a pitch with one out and moved up on Goler's single before scoring on Hesson's single to right.
The Gators' loss meant that both of last year's finalists and all four of the top seeds in this year's NCAA tournament have been eliminated.
Brittany Schutte hit her third home run of the day for Florida.
Arizona 5, Hawaii 1
Kenzie Fowler struck out 13 while keeping Hawaii's high-powered offense in check as Arizona advanced to the semifinals.
Brittany Lastrapes had three singles and scored twice, K'Lee Arredondo had a run-scoring double and the 10th-seeded Wildcats (50-12) scored three unearned runs off Stephanie Ricketts (30-10) to earn a rematch against Tennessee in the semifinals Sunday.
Hawaii set an NCAA record this season with 158 home runs but the nation's highest-scoring offense failed to score any runs without the aid of the longball in three games at the World Series. Traci Yoshikawa provided the only offense for the Rainbow Wahine (50-16) with a solo homer in the third inning.
The other semifinal will feature UCLA against Georgia.
Florida 5, Missouri 0
Schutte homered twice in the morning and Kelsey Bruder also went deep to back a six-hit shutout by Stephanie Brombacher as Florida eliminated Missouri.
The Tigers (51-13), making their first consecutive World Series appearances, were the first team eliminated for the second straight year.
Schutte hit a two-run shot to right off Kristen Nottelmann (24-9) to open the scoring in the fourth, then added a solo shot off reliever Jana Hainey as the Gators put the game away with two more runs in the seventh.
Three of Florida's four hits were home runs.
Rhea Taylor had three singles for ninth-seeded Missouri, which left eight runners on base against Brombacher.