Florida Seeks to Repeat as NCAA National Softball Champ


“Florida Seeks to Repeat as NCAA National Softball Champ” Written By Bill Plummer

OKLAHOMA CITY — Arizona is the last team to repeat in the Women's College World Series, winning in 2006-2007. Monday the Florida Gators will attempt to duplicate the Wildcats' feat when they play Michigan in the best-of-three NCAA Championship Series to determine the 2015 NCAA Division One national softball champion.

Florida edged a determined Auburn team, 3-2 in nine innings while Michigan came-from-behind to eliminate LSU,6-3, in Sunday's semifinals.The win marked the 28th consecutive for the Wolverines who enter the game 59-6 with two of those losses to Florida earlier in the season. The Wolverines haven't lost since April 3 at Minnesota, but they will have their work cut out for them against the defending champion Gators.

Led by Player of the Year Lauren Haeger, the Gators have compiled a 58-6 record and are 26-2 since April 1. They went undefeated in winning its first national title last year and have increased that streak to eight with three consecutive wins this year. Haeger has hurled all of the wins this year and enters Monday's game 31-1 with the only loss to Tennessee in the SEC Tournament. The Gators have twice beaten Michigan this year, 2-1 February 7th in their second game of the season and March 5th, 7-4, but Haeger didn't pitch either game.

Michigan also is seeking its second NCAA softball championship after winning the 2005 national championship. The second game of the Championship Series will be played Tuesday with an if necessary game Wednesday.

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Bill Plummer Bill Plummer A graduate of Indiana University, Ind. Bill has been involved in softball for more than four decades. For 30years he was a fixture at the ASA National Office as a communications coordinator, manager of the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and historian. In addition, he also served as the editor of the ASA official newsletter, The Inside Pitch, and as the Trade Show Manager. He has written widely about the sport and has contributed to 14 books. In 2009, he authored “The Game America Plays.” In 2012, he co-authored “Best of the Best-Women’s Fastpitch.” In 2014, ” A Series of Their Own. The History of the Women's College World Series.” He has been elected to five halls of fame, including the ASA National. In 1996, he served as the Information Manager for the debut of softball in the Olympics.

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