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WCWS: Top-Ranked Florida Wins WCWS Opener

OKLAHOMA CITY – Florida used early offense to get the win in the final game of Thursday’s opening day at the 2009 Women’s College World Series, defeating Arizona by a 3-0 margin. 

The Gators (61-3) advance in the winners bracket and will face Michigan at approximately 8 pm on Friday evening. Arizona (44-15) falls to the losers bracket and will face Alabama in an elimination game on Saturday at approximately 1 pm CDT. 

Florida’s offense started quickly with a leadoff walk from Aja Paculba, followed by an outless fielders choice off the bat of Kristina Hilberth. Paculba was erased as part of a double play, but Hilberth would come around to score on a home run from Francesca Enea to give the Gators a 2-0 lead. 

A leadoff home run in the second from Megan Bush extended the Florida lead to three runs, which was more than enough offense behind Stacey Nelson. 

Nelson improved to 40-3 on the season, striking out 12 and walking three while allowing just two hits, both in the first inning. 

Arizona starting pitcher Lindsey Sisk took the loss, falling to 12-5 on the season. She pitched the first inning and faced one batter in the second before being relieved by Sarah Akamine. Akimene tossed a three-hit shutout from that point, striking out seven with no walks.