"I loved what she did, and I loved what Paige (Parker) did", Gasso said. "These two were right with us when we talked about it, and then we presented it to the team and they were all for it". "Let's try it, '" Gasso said.
Barnhill threw several pitches 66 miles per hour and Lowary pitched in the mid-70s. It was just something - I knew she was throwing hard, so it's just get there, just get there, and if it was in the zone, I was going to swing."The matchup between programs that have split the past four national titles was the longest championship series game in NCAA history".
"I just will never forget this game as long as I live", Mendes said. The Game 1 victor has won nine of the last 12 titles.
The Gators scored one run in the fourth to open the scoring, Oklahoma responded with one in each of the fifth and sixth, and the Gators knotted it back up in the seventh. With two outs and a runner on first base, Sophia Reynoso hit a fly ball to medium left-center field that bounced out of diving left fielder Macey Hatfield's glove for an RBI double.
"Two outs, two strikes, whatever it was, came back".
"It was a game of will, a game of team, a game of character. Florida just kept answering everything that we put out there, and we tried to answer back, and it was a game of will, a game of team, a game of character". We were running out of gas a little bit. In the top of the 12th, however, Shay Knighten led off the inning with a two-strike double to set up an RBI opportunity for Aviu, who followed with a two-run home run to right field to give the Sooners a 4-2 lead.
Asked if she thought her homer was a back-breaker for the Gators, Knighten said, "Well, you can never think anything is a backbreaker or any kind of thing with a team like Florida because like they did all game, they came back".
The Gators would not go down quietly in the bottom half of the frame.
Four of the best pitchers in the country - one the current national player of the year, another the reigning World Series Most Outstanding Player and all either All-Americans or junior national team members at some point - suffered the highs and lows more than most Monday. Delirious fans sang "Y-M-C-A" in the top of the 17th inning at the five-hour mark.
Barnhill (26-4) went the first seven and totaled nine innings in the defeat.
Barnhill surrendered five earned runs and two home runs in the game.
Florida answered with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 17th, but OU pitcher Paige Lowary struck out Kayli Kvistad with two outs to end the game and give OU the win. While most were relieved to see the ball out of Barnhill's hands, that relief soon turned to horror as Gourley mowed down the Sooners quickly in the eighth, ninth, 10th and 11th innings.
Except heavyweight fighters usually take a few months off after going 12 rounds.