In the first game of the Women’s College World Series, the No. 5-seeded Florida Gators made a statement to the country. In walk-off, grand slam style, Florida mercy ruled No. 13 seeded Baylor. Freshman Chelsea Herndon was called upon to pinch hit by head coach Tim Walton, and delivered a deep bomb. The 11-0 win moved the Gators into the winner’s bracket for a matchup against No. 1 seeded Oregon on Friday.
While the Ducks are bringing a higher seed into the matchup, the Gators are arguably the hottest team in the country. To understand just how impressive this postseason has been for the Orange and Blue, look no further than one stat: 60-4. That’s the total number of runs vs. runs allowed in seven tournament games. If that isn’t impressive enough, the four runs allowed all came during one game. In the six other games the Gators have outscored opponents 57-0. But wait, there’s even more. Florida has mercy ruled the opposition in five of seven postseason games.
While it’s still a long road ahead to a championship, the Gators are definitely a force to be reckoned with. Next up is a showdown with the Ducks on Friday at 7:00 p.m. ET.