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UCLA Softball: Bruins Face Florida Gators Tonight in Women’s College World Series

After last night’s big comeback win, UCLA faces another tough foe in Florida.

Kylee Perez delivered a big 3-run homer last night for the Bruins. Who will get tonight’s big hit for UCLA?
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The Bruins advanced to tonight’s game against Florida by riding the bat of Kylee Perez who hit a dramatic 3-run home run last night against Florida State for her 300th career hit.

It took the Bruins until the bottom of the sixth inning to really get their bats going last night. Hopefully, they don’t wait quite as long tonight as Florida.

UCLA should enter tonight’s game with a little bit of a chip on their shoulder because Florida was given the #2 national seed instead of the Bruins. So, tonight, the Bruins should be looking to prove the selection committee got the seedings wrong.

The Gators got to the Women’s College World Series by defeating 15th-seeded Texas A&M last weekend. The Gators took game one of that series 5-4, but the Aggies bounced back and took game two by the same score. That forced a game three on Saturday and the Gators won that one 5-3 to advance.

Yesterday, Florida beat SEC rival Georgia 11-3 in a 5-inning mercy rule shortened game to advance to tonight’s game against the Bruins.

The Gators offense is led by junior outfielder Amanda Lorenz. Lorenz, who went to Moorpark HS in Ventura County, is one of Florida’s top offensive weapons. She has a .428 batting average and leads the team with 74 hits and 61 RBIs. Meanwhile, the Gators’ top home run hitter is senior infielder Nicole DeWitt, who grew up in Garden Grove in Orange County.

Yesterday, the Gators’ coach Tim Walton sent Aleshia Ocasia to the circle against Georgia. While that could certainly happen again tonight, I’m expecting him to start their ace Kelly Barnhill against UCLA since I think Walton was resting Barnhill in anticipation of a matchup against the Bruins in tonight’s game.

Barnhill is 29-1 with a 1.06 ERA and opponents are batting just .117 against her. She has struck out 310 in 20513 innings.

If Barnhill has a chink in her armor, it has to be the long ball. She has given up 18 home runs on the season and had four multi-home run games and we all know how much these Bruins dig the long ball. So, I guess the big question is: Which Bruins will homer tonight?

This is your Women’s College World Series game thread.

Go Bruins!!! Bring home 117!!!