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"I thought today was a good game," Lawson said. "You never want to be on the losing end of things, but I love the fight my team showed throughout the game. To put ourselves in the position to win in the seventh inning, I was proud of the fact they did Nike Lebron Basketball
"We've just been talking all year about line drives and I think that was just my go to play, to just go up there with line drives," Castro said.
Meanwhile, the Ducks who had outscored their opponents 43 6 in six postseason games never advanced a runner past first base. The Ducks hit into double plays after two of their basehits, singles by Koral Costa in the second and Courtney Ceo in the sixth. In the third, Nikki Urida singled with two outs but Rogers then struck out Ceo.
Alabama improved to 40 4 against Kentucky, a team the Crimson Tide hadn't played this season before Friday.
Traina recovered by striking out Emily Gaines and coaxing a double play grounder from Krystal Smith.
and two RBIs and Florida beat top seeded Oregon 4 0 on Friday night in the Women's College World Series.
Rogers' Shutout Paces Florida To Bracket Finals
With two outs and two runners on base, Briana Little hit a popup to short left field. Oregon second baseman Karina Shaver fell down while trying to maneuver to catch the ball, allowing it to hit the ground. The play was ruled a double and both runners scored to put the Gators up 4 0.
Kelsey Nunley (30 10) threw a three Nike Metcon Women's Rose Gold hitter for the Wildcats, with all of those hits coming in the first two innings. Hailey McClearly led off the first with a double for Alabama but was stranded at third base. In the second, Peyton Grantham singled to center field with two outs before Lafaele's shot over the left center field wall.
"They set a lofty goal and each one of our players needs to do their part," Florida coach Tim Walton said. "You don't just get to the postseason and get by. You have to figure out a way to get better. I give them a ton of credit for buying in and then being accountable. All 17 of the girls are doing their part to help the Gators win softball games."
The Gators have won seven of their eight NCAA tournament games by shutout, dominating the opposition. Florida's opening round 11 0 rout of Baylor on Thursday was only the fourth five inning run rule win in the WCWS in the past 16 years.
Castro lined a shot over the temporary bleachers outside the center field fence to lead off the second inning. Her single with two outs in Nike Kyrie Double Nickel
Nunley, who has thrown every pitch for Kentucky in the NCAA tournament, allowed just two other baserunners.
Rogers (28 8) tossed her second straight three hitter, having also blanked Baylor.
"That's why you play the game," Traina said. "You play the game for those pressure situations. I've gotten myself into those situations before and I felt like I could get out of it. I just had confidence in my teammates and my pitches."
"(Rogers) controlled us," Oregon coach Mike White said. "We got three hits. Everything we seemed to hit, they made plays on. They played well defensively. The big thing for us is to bounce back and see what we can do tomorrow night. It just didn't go our way today but I'm confident we'll bounce back tomorrow."
"It was just an awesome game tonight," Alabama coach Patrick Murphy said. "I thought it was a made for TV sporting event, the way it ended, the way it played out just two really, really good teams with two very good pitchers going at it. I couldn't be more pleased to stay in the winners' bracket."
Florida (52 12) moved within a win of reaching the best of three championship series and will be off until Sunday. Florida is seeking its third finals berth, having lost to Washington in 2009 and Arizona State in 2011. Oregon (55 8 1) will face an elimination game Saturday against Oklahoma or Louisiana Lafayette.
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Kentucky was trying to become the first team since Oklahoma in 2000 to win its first two games in its WCWS debut. The Wildcats became the fourth team to fail to do so since then, joining Stanford (2001), Tennessee (2005) and Hawaii (2010).
Traina had a no hitter until Sylver Samuel beat out an infield single with two outs in the sixth. The win was the 105th of Traina's career, moving her into sole possession of seventh place on the all time SEC list.
Unlike in the regular season meeting between the teams Florida's 2 1 win in eight innings on Feb. 28 the Gators jumped on Oregon early, knocking out All America starter Cheridan Hawkins (34 5) in the fourth inning.
the third scored Kelsey Stewart, who had opened the inning with a single, and made it 2 0.
Traina (25 3), who pitched Alabama to the 2012 national title, allowed two hits in 13 innings in two WCWS games this season before Kentucky loaded the bases on singles by Nikki Sagermann, Griffin Joiner and Lauren Cumbess with no outs in the seventh.
Alabama (52 11) needs one win to reach the best of three championship series and won't play again until Sunday. Kentucky (50 18) will play Baylor or Florida State in an elimination game Saturday.
"In my opinion, she proved she's the best pitcher in college softball tonight," Kentucky coach Rachel Lawson said about Traina.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Jaclyn Traina threw a four hitter, Leona Lafaele hit a two run homer and Alabama beat Southeastern Conference rival Kentucky 2 0 on Friday night in the Women's College World Series.
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