2015 WCWS Game 11 Quotes and Notes Florida 3, Auburn 2

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2015 WCWS Game 11 “Quotes and Notes”
Florida 3, Auburn 2

Florida

An Interview With: COACH TIM WALTON, LAUREN HAEGER, TAYLORE FULLER, NICOLE DEWITT

THE MODERATOR: Good afternoon. At this time we have University of Florida head coach Tim Walton, student-athlete Lauren Haeger, student-athlete Taylore Fuller, student-athlete Nicole DeWitt. At this time, Coach, general comments about the game, and then we'll open it up for questions.

COACH WALTON: First of all, I think I already said this on TV a second ago. What a tremendous season for Auburn softball. Great offense, great components. I'm sorry, great coaches, great competitors. Just a great game. Great softball game. They were tough to prepare for. They are so similar to us in their at-bats and you could see that with their third time through the lineup in the fourth inning. But there's, really, the main credit is going to go to Lauren (Haeger) and Jen Rocha. I really wanted to pull Lauren in the fifth just to change up the look. I felt they were starting to square it up and Lauren changed up the pitch, changed up the pitch call and changed up the approach. So again, give the two of them credit. Felt like she started to pitch a lot better and was a lot tougher to hit. And, again, I'll save you some time. We're not going to elaborate on what we did or how we did it, but just know we did change up some things and make some adjustments with her. But give — I thought they got the momentum, Kirsti (Merritt) did a great job throwing the ball to the plate. We escaped, I think escaped is probably a good word, escaped a little bit. Nice defensive plays. Taylore Fuller getting us on the board with the answer with two, and we were able to get back with that one with Justine sliding into the plate, so I thought that was huge just keeping the momentum where we wanted to. Not our best game, a little bit, not a little bit, a lot goes to Auburn. They kind of took us out of our game a little bit by the number of left-handed at-bats and hitting the ball the other way and changing some things. It's really tough to defend. But overall just — I can't be more happy just to be here. This is our tenth time. This is my tenth season. This is our seventh time here. Four times playing for a national championship. And you can't win it if you don't get there. And I'm really happy to coach these players and competitors and tremendous athletes and again give them all the credit. I really think that they really stepped up, found a way to get it done.

Q. Nicole talk about your mentality going up to the plate and the final at-bat and how good did it feel to see the run come across?

NICOLE DEWITT: I was just trying keep it simple. I had a rough couple previous at-bats. I went to my slap and then I just tried to place the ball and fill a hole, and found the hole and Justine came around and scored.

Q. Lauren, do you feel like over the course of the game the strike zone wasn't as consistent as it was what you were accustomed to?

COACH WALTON: She can't answer that.

Q. Taylore, down 2-1 you have that clutch at-bat getting the home run, just talk about what happened there?

TAYLORE FULLER: Yeah, I was the lead-off in that inning, just trying to get on base for my team, turning the lineup over and get those top batters back up, seeing more pitches and making her throw more pitches and I just happened to square it up.

Q. Lauren, can you talk about gutting it out, you threw 160 pitches, most hits you've given all year. Seemed to be a battle for you out there where you had obviously been dominating so much?

LAUREN HAEGER: Yeah, I mean, they're a great hitting team. I haven't faced them yet, and they were a great hitting team. We just kind of made an adjustment to our pitch calling a little bit. But it was a battle. It was a dogfight, it was a nice clean softball game of just fighting each other and getting outs when we needed to. They did a great job. Their hitters are great and they're very well trained.

Q. How much did you have left? How far could you have gone?

LAUREN HAEGER: I mean, I'm all about adrenaline. I'm all about that, the pump-up, but I think I would have gone out there and done it as long as I could, for sure.

Q. Nicole, you had been lifted for a pinch-hitter, was it hard to stay mentally in the game, focused in the game because you said you were frustrated with your first few at-bats?

NICOLE DEWITT: I was frustrated but I knew I had to get back in the dugout and cheer on Bri (Briana Little). I had to help out my teammate and root for her in any way possible and hope for her to get the hit.

Q. In terms of just a balance of patience and power and speed pitching defense, how close is this roster to what your ideal would be?

COACH WALTON: That's a good question. I think that every team would probably like to have a little bit more left-handed players just because of what they can do, like you saw right there with Nicole (DeWitt). But I'll take this team, and I told them this in the middle of the year, we had a couple games we just didn't play our best. I told them I'd die for any one of these kids. They're such great people and great character and great competitors. I think sometimes you can have great athletes and they might not know what they're doing. These guys are fighters. We built this program because of them and they know how to win. I think that ingredient right there is probably the biggest component that I've taken from these players is they may not be the best in every skill, but they're really good at a lot of skills and they're really good at the winning skill. I'm really happy for that, that's for sure.

Q. Tim, you've got a team that's defending national champions, coming back to this stage. What does it mean to you have a freshman step up and really make the biggest hit of the game there at the end?

COACH WALTON: If it was Nicole (DeWitt) or if it was Kelsey Stewart or Bri (Briana Little), we're — everybody is happy for everybody. I was happy for the way she responded. I went matchup. I don't know if you watched — it wasn't that I was pinching, I went lefty, that left-handed pitcher is pretty tough on left-handed batters, so I knew by having my 9-1-2, all be left- handed in a row, I was going to have to pinch-hit for one of them at some point in time. We decided to bunt with Justine (McLean) and pinch hit for Nicole as opposed to pinch hitting for Justine and them maybe riding out that direction. It was a preplan that Bri was going to get the at-bat when the left-handed pitcher came in. That prompted them to make the pitching change back to (Lexi) Davis. The key was — we just kept Bri out there for a little bit longer, and Justine, they just kind of rotated themselves through. This kid right here has hit some big walk-offs for us. She's done things already. She's a good one and we're happy she's only a freshman because she's only going to get better.

Q. Coach, what's the message in the locker room after a tough, dramatic, long win like that one?

COACH WALTON: The keyword you said there was a long win. So it's a lot easier to have the tough, long win conversation than the tough long loss conversation. The biggest thing for us we had a walk-off win here to get to the championship series in 2009. It was very emotional. It was very draining and our team didn't respond very well to the next game we played on Monday night against Washington. So I've got that in my back pocket. We will definitely get them up tomorrow early in the morning. We'll do everything different than we've ever done before to prepare them so we can get rid of this emotional win to move forward for the championship series.

Q. Coach, you entered the championship series without using Delanie (Gourley) or Le-le (Aleshia Ocasio). Is that kind of a positive or is that like a backhand, like — I lost my train of thought?

COACH WALTON: Is it a positive or is it a negative? I think that's probably the easiest way to say it. Is it a positive or negative? And for me personally, it's a positive because we were playing for a national championship. The negative is that I've got two pitchers that haven't had experience pitching here in three weeks. But we're going to use them. So whether we can get Lauren into the pool tonight, swimming getting her range of motion back and see where she's at tomorrow, it will more than likely be a game-time decision who we throw whether it be Aleshia, Lauren or Delanie. But at the end of the day it's a good problem to have I'd rather be in that situation I'm sure.

Q. Lauren and Taylor, can you both just expound a little bit on what you see out of Nicole that you think allows her to be able to come through in moments like this?

LAUREN HAEGER: I hit behind Nicole (DeWitt) a lot during the season, for most of the season I've hit behind her. And she just has so many tools. She can do everything. She can hit a home run. She can bunt for a hit. She can slap. She can swing away, like, she just has so many tools. And I mean I wish sometimes I was lefty for that reason. But no she's great. And she has a lot of heart and a lot of fight and she knows what she's doing up there. Great knowledge of the game.

TAYLORE FULLER: Lauren pretty much said it. Nicole (DeWitt) has been in that position before it's not her first rodeo here. She knows what to do in that position and she is usually successful.

Q. Tim, at the end of the eighth, Auburn made that great defensive play at home plate was there a miscommunication on the base pass on the tag?

COACH WALTON: I don't want to throw anybody under the bus. I don't think that's the way to go about coaching. I'll take the blame. It's easy for me. I'll just say it's my fault. Whether it is or not I'll just take the blame. Again, I think she had a great slide at the plate. I think even — you know what, I won't take the blame. I'll say it's easy. You get caught up in emotions and someone hits the ball that hard. Their player did it the same way. We did it back in return. It's an emotional play. The ball's hit stung like that and you're wanting to win. At the end of the day, yeah, we made a mistake. I should have had her closer to the bag a lot sooner.

Q. What was the momentum in the dugout after you're falling behind two to one?

TAYLORE FULLER: Obviously it's difficult to stay up but we proved all season we can come back, whether we're down by nine or we're down by one, we're going to come back and you better be ready for that. So the energy is always up in the dugout no matter what the score is.

Q. Coach, some sports we usually have a day off we can talk to you about going into the championships. I was wondering if you could shift focus here for us. Going to try to repeat, which is something that Billy Donovan did, of course, with the Gators basketball back then. If you could share with us, was it easier or harder being defending champions in this process? Did Coach Donovan or other people give you advice? There aren't many people that repeat in college sports particularly in a team sport. Could you give us a little insight on what that journey has been like and any advice you have got?

COACH WALTON: I probably won't give you too much. I don't want to take up too much time here but I did lean on Billy and Urban and some other friends I've been around who have been successful coaches. The key is this wasn't easier but it was a lot easier to understand mistakes because you understand what the finished product can look like. So I think that was the key. We were able to understand that. This team resembles a lot of what we did last year. We played good softball throughout the season. We had some ups. We had some downs. Got to the College World Series and kind of hit our stride a little bit. We had a good team. And I think when I look at what we do on paper, and we had three All-Americans this year. We only had two last season. And we, if you take a picture and put it in the dictionary what a team is supposed to look like I think this team would fill a lot of pages of what it's supposed to look like. We've got a lot of kids on our team that just do so many things to make coaching fun. We've got kids who pick signs. We've got kids who pick up bats. We've got kids who do so many things to help a team win. So it wasn't harder, but there's so many different challenges of actually coming back after winning a championship that you're afraid that you're going to make mistakes and you're going to think, oh, we're just going to rest upon that for the season. These players did not. I think they took their practice levels to another level. Their practice skills to another level. But we didn't overdo it either. Billy and I are very similar. We want to work and push them and push them, and he said the biggest mistake he potentially could have made was push them too hard thinking everybody was going to give them their best shot. And he said he backed off from that and they really took off once he trusted what they did to prepare and I trust what these guys do to prepare. I think there's where the similarities are.

Q. Nicole, you said that coming on the field, when you first got here and people wanted to high five you over the railing was the best feeling ever. You said your home run was the best feeling ever. I'm just wondering if this is the best feeling ever?

NICOLE DEWITT: It might be. They just all add up. They're all great feelings. Like no one — a bunch of people don't get to experience these things and to know that I'm one of them. It's really cool. It's a really cool feeling.

Q. Coach, also looking towards the championship series, you've gotten a chance to see both teams you could potentially play. Is there one you feel you match up against better?

COACH WALTON: No, I don't. I think both teams have a pretty good balance, and going through the Super Regionals and watching Michigan play Georgia and seeing LSU play Arizona and watching all of them play here at the College World Series. These are the four teams that I starred. I thought Oregon could have replaced us or somebody else depending on how the matchups went. But these four teams — Auburn, Florida, LSU and Michigan — were four teams. Any one of those four teams, really felt like the way they were playing coming down the stretch could win a national championship, and so I don't think we match up particularly well with either one of them. I just hope that they don't match up as well with us either. So I think that's our key.

THE MODERATOR: Thank you.

 

Auburn

An Interview with: COACH CLINT MYERS, BRANNDI MELERO, CARLEE WALLACE, LEXI DAVIS

THE MODERATOR: We're joined by Auburn University Clint Myers, student-athlete Branndi Melero, student- athlete Carlee Wallace and student-athlete Lexi Davis. We'll start with Coach.

COACH MYERS: I would like to say thank you again to Oklahoma City for putting on a great World Series. Sharon, magnificent job. Her staff is outstanding. Secondly, I'd like to say how very proud I am to be the coach at Auburn University. These kids were picked to finish eighth in our conference. And yet they were one of four remaining teams in the College World Series. That says a lot about character. It says a lot about drive, competitiveness. It was a lot of fun. And we will be back. I'd also like to wish the best to Florida. They're a great team. Well coached. They have tremendous athletes and they're going to do well. It's not the end of the world as I explained to the girls because it's really the start of something new. We told them at the very beginning that they're going to start a legacy at Auburn. And they are. Our plan is now an expectation as it is with Florida and the other top schools that are here every year, to be at the College World Series each and every year, having a chance to play for that national championship. And these girls didn't have a whole lot of experience to draw upon, but they have some experience now. Like I said, I'm really proud of what they accomplished, how they accomplished it. It was a total team effort. And like I said at the very beginning, I'm very proud to say I'm the head coach of the Auburn University softball team.

THE MODERATOR: Questions?

Q. Can you just talk about the last 24 hours, the ten inning marathon yesterday going into nine today, what's it been like this roller coaster ride, this last 24 hours?

CARLEE WALLACE: It's been a lot of fun. It's such a blessing to be a part of something this great. There's nothing like the College World Series. And I'm just so proud to have been able to have been a part of this with my team. And I think moving forward, this experience we'll be able to draw on these games and these tough situations. And yesterday I had probably the most fun I've ever had on this team. I think I can speak for all of us when I say that we all had a blast yesterday. I mean, that's what you live for, those long- inning games. And I just think that from here on out we'll be able to draw from this experience. And I think it really kind of bound us together as a team. And that's something that no one will ever be able to take from us.

BRANNDI MELERO: You go into today's game trying to feed off the energy that you had from last night's game. We fell short. But it's okay. Like I said yesterday, we tried to get it done in seven innings, if we have to play 10, 15 innings, that's what we're going to do until we get knocked down. But I couldn't be any prouder to be on this team, and I'm very blessed to have teammates that were willing to give it their all, all eight innings.

LEXI DAVIS: This game kind of had remnants of last night, which we had a ton of fun playing in. It showed a lot of our character and everybody was saying we didn't have experience coming into this, but I think we did a pretty darned good job for never being here. So last night was a heck of a lot of fun and today we just ran out of at-bats. My teammates did a great job. They picked me up when I got into a jam, and I couldn't be more proud of every single one of them. And we will be back.

Q. Branndi, when Coach Myers came in last year and everybody has said the first day he got here he said we're going to the College World Series. And he also said he was just some crazy guy coming in and you guys probably didn't know how to react. Now that it happened, now that it's coming on and it's been your senior year, just talk about from that day when he said that to right now.

BRANNDI MELERO: I mean, the moment he said that, I believed in him. And I'm beyond blessed that he allowed me to stay on this field and to keep me on the team, to have this opportunity. I mean, he said he was going to bring us to the Women's College World Series, and he did. So I couldn't be more happier, and I thank him very much for all that he's done.

Q. At what point you guys played 17 innings yesterday. Nine today. At what point did fatigue set in?

LEXI DAVIS: I don't really feel like any of us got fatigued, per se. Maybe towards the end where I got pulled out the last inning, I think maybe my arm was getting a little tight. But we played our hearts out no matter what. And I think fatigue or not, it was more a matter of character and how we wanted to go forward with it. I can't speak for the other players, but I would say probably that inning where I threw two balls is kind of where I started getting a little tired.

BRANNDI MELERO: It's softball. You're going to play with cuts, bruises, breaks, you just gotta go out there and continue to play. Yeah, right now I'll be honest that my body is a little bit — it's hurting a lot. But you're not going to show that. Coach just stresses a lot, play different than how you feel. And I feel like we did exactly that. Now that it's done, you'll probably hear a lot of girls tell you how tired they are. But before that, you're not going to hear that from us.

COACH MYERS: The girls were talking, when you have a mission that you are on and you get to — you have the opportunity to play in this venue, all the preparedness that you have is what you have to rely on. It's a sense of confidence. It's a sense of being. As Branndi said, as I said here last night after being here for 14 hours, you're tired afterwards. Not during. Because it's the team that has the mindset. I mean, I don't think you saw anybody dog it anywhere on either team. That was great competition. It was a hell of a game for only two runs being scored on both sides. I mean, true competitors don't get tired, not until it's over. So I'm very proud of their performance. I'm very proud of their dedication and, again, now is the time we have to rest.

CARLEE WALLACE: I went up to Lexi before we even started this game, and it's to be expected that there's fatigue. But I told her, no matter what, no matter how tight your arm is, how tired my legs are, it's you and me to the end, and we've got to keep pushing because everybody is going to look to us to be the rock for today. And I think just our will to win is too strong to even let fatigue kind of come into play. Our will to just play the game is, it's like Coach said, we're so competitive that we don't realize how tired we are until the game's over. And then once we kind of sit around and you try to get up you're like, okay, that's where that bruise came from. But I think definitely that we're a very competitive bunch, and it doesn't really come into play until after.

Q. Branndi, one of three seniors on this team. Talk about the potential for next year's team, how good can you guys be?

BRANNDI MELERO: I mean, Auburn is going to be good. They're always going to be great. Going into next year, we're going to have a big group of girls coming in. And me and Morgan have tried to explain to the girls, you guys need to stick together. Include the freshmen that are going to be coming in in everything that you guys do. Make sure you guys are always working together and teach them what we taught you guys. But what Coach did from my junior year to my senior year is junior year was a start-over. He taught us what he wanted to teach us, and sophomore year was just moving forward from what we left on. So it's going to be important that 23 girls teach the freshmen instead of moving backwards to continue to go forward.

Q. Coach Myers, Carlee and Branndi you were able to hit Haeger consistently throughout the game, but at the big moments what adjustments do you think she made to keep you from getting that big run total?

COACH MYERS: They're well coached. Tim and their staff had a plan and they executed. You give up — if you look at the numbers, we had 11 hits and she walked four. So we had 15 base runners. That's not just being good pitching. That is a great defense behind. Look at the line drive that we had in the one inning, and that was a great play. She made pitches that kind of kept us off balance. The key thing, if you look at why she was selected player of the year, it's because of the fact that when she had to step up, if you asked her, was this the best game she ever pitched? She'd say no, I'm sure. But because she is a champion, because the fact that she is who she is, when you're asked upon to make the pitch, then that's what the champion does. They step up because they're called a champion. And, again, we had opportunities. Next year's team will cash in on those opportunities. We came up a little short. And we've already talked about how we're going to make some changes and really get after it so that when we face a (Lauren) Haeger, I'm glad we don't have to anymore, we will have a better sense. We'll have a better performance and so —

CARLEE WALLACE: I think I've got to tip my hat to her. She pitched a great game. I'd say that she is one of the hardest throwers that we've seen this year. I think when you combine it with good off-speed pitches, it's pretty difficult to hit because you can't go up there guessing. I think she did a really good job of mixing speeds and hitting her spots when she was called upon to hit those spots. And I mean we had quite a few hits off of her, but when it really counted, when we needed some timely hitting with runners in scoring position she executed her pitches pretty well.

BRANNDI MELERO: I think a little bit to my advantage was the fact that I've seen her for four years. I've hit off her from freshman year to now. But like Coach said, she's player of the year for a reason. And with my last two at-bats, she knew exactly what to throw and she was able to fool me one. And the second one, I got barrel on it, but her defense behind her was there to back her up and have her back.

Q. Clint and Carlee, could you just talk about the day Lexi had holding them to four hits?

COACH MYERS: I could spend a lot of time talking about Lexi. I thought she did an outstanding job. She was a horse last year. She started, I think, every game that we played here. And it was the reason — I think that the person that's behind her success is Corey (Myers). So I think he's done a magnificent job with the staff. I think he spends a lot of time watching film, coming up with a plan, then explaining that plan so they can execute it. When you hold Florida to five hits, that's a heck of a job. And we gave her a little break in there, threw Rachael (Walters) in there for the two lefties, and then we stuck her back out there. She started the inning — in fact, we saw her shaking her arm. It's the kind of player you want: Coach, I'm good, give me the ball get back in there. The one that wants to go out there and compete, I want the opportunity for my team. And that's what she did. We just — you know, we just saw that it was getting that time and we made the change to Marcy (Harper). But like I said, when you hold Florida to five hits, that's a hell of a job. I'm extremely proud of her and all the other pitchers as well as the team for their effort and playing the defending national champs the way we did.

CARLEE WALLACE: It's been awesome to be able to be her catcher. And I think we worked really well together all season but especially when it came down to it we feed off of each other. She just did a really great job today with staying mentally tough. There's a lot of things, fatigue might have been setting into her arm. Florida, I can remember back to when I was watching the World Series in like '07, the Gators were always a powerful team. There's something to be said to be able to hold them to single digit hits. I definitely commend her for that. I think what I admire most about her is how mentally tough she is. It's been great working with her. I know we're only going to get better going into next year.

Q. Now that this season has come to a close and this has been a season of firsts and history and all that, if you guys, all four of you could put together one or two words to describe it, what would those words be?

LEXI DAVIS: Can you repeat that question one more time, please?

Q. Now that the season has come to a close and everything that has happened, if you could put a couple of words to describe it, what would those words be?

LEXI DAVIS: Gosh. A season of firsts for us. We came in with nobody really expecting us to do anything, and I think that kind of propelled us to want to prove people wrong and we knew, with the coaching and the talent we had, we knew within ourselves that we could do it. And I think that's what we went out and did. You know, I hit a rough patch during the middle of it and then kind of turned it around and wanted to come back for my team and this was the perfect part to do it, and I know that they had our backs for the first half of the season. So we did a lot of things that no one thought we could. That's a testament to how hard we worked, how great of coaches we have. And it's one that we'll never forget.

BRANNDI MELERO: Ever to conquer, never to yield. It's in our fight song. That's how I am going to end this year.

CARLEE WALLACE: I would say this year has been such a blessing, just a blessing. I really only need one word. Blessing. Because it's not every year you come across a team where all of us get along, all of us — we clock in and clock out, day in, day out. It never gets old. I'm sitting here and it's still kind of setting in that the season is over because I don't want it to be over. I don't want to lose the seniors. I love them to death. And I think that it's just you really have to kind of sit back and take it all in and realize the season you had because I mean — every team is different but I know one thing is for sure there will never be another team like this, with all the different individual personalities and everything. So I've just been blessed to have been part of such a great group of girls.

COACH MYERS: Commitment or achievement to a legacy. Like I said, it takes a while to establish your own identity. The identity we have currently is a lot different than the identity that we had three years ago as far as a softball program. Because they're sitting in the room, our legacy needs to be of that of what Florida is now. And we're moving towards that. If you look, we played the defending national champs to a one-run, extra-inning ballgame. They beat us three times last year all by one run. I've known Tim a long time. And again I've used them as a reference to the type of program we're going to become. So that in future years Florida and Auburn may be playing in the championship game of the College World Series. I would say commitment, achievement to a legacy.

THE MODERATOR: Thank you.

 

POSTGAME NOTES

In the 11th game of the 2015 Women’s College World Series, No. 1 seed Florida defeated No. 4 seed Auburn, 3-2 in nine innings. The Gators moved to 58-6 overall this season, while the loss ended the Tigers’ season. Auburn finished the year with a record of 56-11.

Florida advances to the championship final series and will face either No. 3 seed Michigan or No. 5 LSU at 7 p.m. CT on Monday for game one in a best of three series. The championship final berth marks the Gators’ second straight appearance and fourth in program history.

In its seventh WCWS appearance (2008, ’09, ’10, ’11, ’13, ’14, ’15), Florida improved to 20-11 overall. Auburn is now 2-2 all-time in its first-ever WCWS appearance (2015).

The Gators’ Nicole DeWitt hit a two-out, walkoff single in the ninth inning to give Florida the 3-2 victory, marking UF’s eighth walkoff win of the season.

Florida starting pitcher Lauren Haeger earned the win and finished with a line of 9.0 IP, 11 hits, two earned runs, and four walks while striking out six to improve to 31-1 on the year.

Auburn starting pitcher Lexi Davis fell to 26-3 with the loss. Davis tossed 7.1 innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits and eight walks while striking out one.

Florida’s Justine McLean scored the game’s opening run in the bottom of the third inning off a wild pitch. The run is McLean’s 25th of the season and 60th of her career.

Auburn responded in the top of the fourth, taking a 2-1 lead with a bases loaded, two-run single off the bat of Branndi Melero. Melero now has 64 RBIs on the season. Scoring on the play were Jade Rhodes and Victoria Draper.

Auburn’s 2-1 lead after the top of the fourth marked the first time Florida trailed in any game during the 2015 NCAA Tournament.

Taylore Fuller of Florida tied the game in the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run to left field to make the score 2-2. The home run was her 14th of the season, 28th of her career and first in a WCWS game.

Auburn turned three double plays in the game and finished with 11 in the NCAA Tournament, including six in the WCWS.

There were a combined three putouts at the plate on throws from center field — two from Florida and one from Auburn — which extended the game in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Despite scoring just two runs, Auburn had a runner on base in every inning. The Tigers left 14 runners on base, while going 4 for 27 with runners on and 2 for 13 with runners in scoring position.

Florida improves to 3-1 in extra-inning games on the season and Auburn falls to 5-2 in extras in 2015, including a record of 1-1 at the WCWS.

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