Texas A&M Great Sharonda McDonald Returns to WCWS with Florida

Florida's offense gave her more than enough run support late, scattering 7 hits and scoring all of its runs in the final four innings.

In their first game at the WCWS on Thursday, the Aggies fell to top-seeded Florida, 8-0, in five innings.

Florida got on the board in the first when Janell Wheaton's single knocked in two.

Matt Trent is in Oklahoma City with the Aggies and Gators and has more on the A&M star, turned Florida assistant.

So when Chelsea Herndon gave Kelly Barnhill a 2-0 lead on a two-run double down the right-field line in the top of the fourth, it must have seemed like a 10-run lead for Florida.

Trinity Harrington (14-3) lasted two innings for Texas A&M. Catcher Paige Halstead fielded the throw home and tagged Quinn, but Quinn was awarded the run because there was no lane for her to get to the plate.

Texas A&M coach Jo Evans said her pitchers weren't themselves against the Gators.

That's why a strong effort will have to be made by the Gators (55-8) to rein in their emotions at returning to Oklahoma City in time to deal with the first task at hand: facing Texas A&M (47-11) at noon on Thursday (ESPN) at USA Hall of Fame Stadium. "There's a reason you're playing in the College World Series". The Tigers and UCLA were tied 1-1 up until the fifth inning.

After Thomas' home run put Washington up 3-0, Oregon's Lauren Lindvall doubled to start the bottom of the seventh.

OKLAHOMA CITY - Nicole Pendley hit a three-run home run in the first inning, and Oklahoma opened defense of its Women's College World Series title with a victory over Baylor.

The Huskies snapped Oregon's 15-game win streak, and it was their third victory in four tries against their Pac-12 rivals (52-7) this season. Oklahoma knocked off Baylor, 6-3, as the Sooners scored early. Florida and LSU will compete at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN, and Oklahoma and Washington will battle at 9:30 p.m. Fans can livestream each games on WatchESPN. Florida, Washington, LSU, and Oklahoma picked up victories in Oklahoma City.

Texas A&M enters Saturday's contest with a 47-12 record.

  • Larry Hoffman