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Mac Morgan’s one-hitter leads Texas past Florida and into the semifinals of the Women’s CWS

OKLAHOMA CITY — Two games, two one-hitters for Texas in the Women’s College World Series.

Mac Morgan threw a one-hitter and the top-seeded Longhorns rolled past No. 4 Florida 10-0 in five innings on Saturday to reach the semifinals.

Morgan threw only 71 pitches. The junior’s success led the Longhorns to rest freshman standout Teagan Kavan, who threw a one-hitter in a win over Stanford on Thursday.

No. 1 Texas shuts out Stanford in the opener of the Women’s College World Series

“Honestly, I was just trying to produce groundballs for my defense because my defense was getting in front of me,” Morgan said. “It was my turn to stand up for them. My drop ball worked. I was looking for locations and trying to get my defenses working.

Morgan took a no-hitter in the fifth inning before Florida’s Katie Kistler led off with a single. That was the only foul the Gators called.

“We just got crushed,” Florida coach Tim Walton said.

Texas (54-8) needs one win Monday to reach the best-of-three championship series. The Longhorns are seeking their first national championship after a runner-up finish in 2022.

“We know we have a lot of work ahead of us,” Texas coach Mike White said. “There are other great teams coming along. We can’t get too far ahead and we’re ready to play.”

Florida (52-14) will play No. 14 Alabama in an elimination game on Sunday.

“Get a chance to see what our team is made of and how long they want to play,” Walton said.

The teams will play against each other regularly in the future. Texas leaves the Big 12 and joins Florida in the Southeastern Conference after the season.

If Saturday’s game was any indicator, the Longhorns will be fine.

Florida pulled ace Keagan Rothrock in the first inning. The SEC Freshman of the Year gave up four points and recorded just one clean sheet.

“When she’s doing well, she’s usually doing well,” Walton said. “When things go bad, they go bad.”

Ava Brown replaced Rothrock, and the first batter she faced, Alyssa Washington, hit a 3-run homer. Texas scored five runs in the inning to take control.

Mia Scott’s solo shot with two outs in the fourth made it 6-0, and Katie Stewart’s three-run explosion later in the inning made it 9-0.

Now Florida will have to recover quickly.

“I think we’re going to keep the atmosphere in check, keep the atmosphere loose and have fun,” Florida shortstop Skylar Wallace said. “We really have nothing to lose at this point. You just have to play softball.”

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