The final two teams are set, and we'll soon know which one reigns supreme on the women's college softball scene.
It's an all-SEC affair.
The Florida Gators and Alabama Crimson Tide are going to battle in a best-of-three series to determine a national champion.
On Sunday, Florida defeated Baylor 6-3 to punch their ticket. The Gators improved to 53-12 with the win and set up a battle with 'Bama.
The Crimson Tide shut out Oregon 2-0 to power their way to the championship series.
Alabama took two out of three from Florida in March, but this is the postseason.
Alabama's record stands at 53-11. Which team will survive: The offensive prowess of Florida, or the pitching and defense from 'Bama? Here's how you can watch the action:
When: June 2-4
Where: ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla.
TV: Game 1: ESPN 2, Game 2: ESPN, Game 3: ESPN (if necessary)
All games start at 8 p.m. ET. Here are the players to watch during the series.
Players to Watch
Sometimes, there's simply a fantastic player who transcends her era. McCleney is that type of a competitor.
Alabama assistant coach Alyson Habetz said this about McCleney, per Andrew Gribble of AL.com:
Haylie's probably the greatest pure outfielder we've ever had step in the program. She's so driven that she loves the challenge. She never backs down from a challenge. The further it is over her head, the more excited she gets. The bigger the home run to rob, the more excited she gets. She loves the challenge.
And fans love watching her, especially when she does stuff like this…
McCleney's skills aren't just relegated to the field. She hit .441 this season and broke a 0-0 tie in the bottom of the fifth inning against Oregon.
All of this, and she's just a sophomore. The best is yet to come for her and, quite possibly, her team.
Charged with slowing down McCleney and her teammates, Rogers will need to be sharper than she was against Baylor on Saturday.
Rogers did hold Baylor to just five hits and three runs, but in the end, like usual, she won. Will that be good enough against Alabama?
Who knows, but Rogers always seems to find a way.
Graham Hays of ESPN W writes:
She doesn't have eye-popping strikeout numbers. She does have a stoic demeanor that holds through good and bad. She doesn't have Taryne Mowatt's charisma, Danielle Lawrie's death stare or Keilani Rickett's larger-than-life presence, to single out a few recent champions here. She just pitches.
Rogers' veteran presence and big-game talents will be tested in a major way against McCleney and Co.
Though she'll probably only get the ball once in the series, her performance could go a long way in determining the national champion.
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