WCWS roundup: Oklahoma blanks UCLA, advances to semifinals

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Kelly Maxwell struck out a season-high 11, going the distance as Oklahoma knocked off UCLA 1-0 on Saturday in a winner’s-bracket game in the Women’s College World Series.

The second-seeded Sooners (56-6) advance to Monday’s semifinals to play either Alabama or Florida. Oklahoma will have two opportunities to win one game to advance to the WCWS Championship Series.

The Bruins managed just two hits against Maxwell, going 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Sixth-seeded UCLA (43-11) will take on Stanford on Sunday in an elimination game.

Oklahoma got all the offense it needed in the third on Tiare Jennings’ leadoff home run that barely cleared the center field wall.

Texas 10, Florida 0 (5 innings)

Mac Morgan allowed just one hit and the top-seeded Longhorns had two big innings at the plate to beat the Gators in five innings in a Women’s College World Series winner’s-bracket game.

The Longhorns, 2-0 in the WCWS for the first time since 2003, have allowed just two hits in their first two games. Florida (52-14) will take on Alabama in an elimination game on Sunday, while Texas advances to Monday’s semifinals.

The Longhorns (54-8) will take on UCLA or Stanford with two chances to win one game to advance to the WCWS Championship Series. Texas poured it on quickly, scoring five runs in the first, highlighted by Alyssa Washington’s three-run homer to left-center.