Govan rips 3-run homer as Baylor tops Florida 5-2 in Gainesville Super Regional to force 3rd game

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Shaylon Govan hit a three-run home run, RyLee Crandall shut down fourth-seed Florida and Baylor forced a deciding third game in the Gainesville Super Regional with a 5-2 win on Saturday.

The Bears (36-22) and Gators (50-13), who had won 12 straight, meet on Sunday for a berth in the Women's College World Series.

A walk and a single to start off the bottom of the first set the stage for Govan's blast, her 11th, to left-center off Keagan Rothrock (29-7).

Crandall (17-8) scattered five hits and walked two while striking out six.

Reagan Walsh led off the Florida second with a home run but Baylor got that back quickly. Taylor Strain scored on a wild pitch after leading off the inning with a single.

Skylar Wallace had an RBI single for Florida in the fifth but Ana Watson added an insurance run in the sixth, coming around to score on a sacrifice fly after a leadoff single.

Rothrock, a freshman who won the opening game 4-2, was pulled after Govan's home run. Ava Brown pitched the rest of the game.


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