Haylie Wagner threw a shutout, and the Michigan softball team beat Florida and ace Lauren Haeger 1-0 in the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City to force a deciding third game for the national championship.
Wagner, a senior, threw a perfect seventh inning and struck out the final two batters for the Wolverines (60-7), who evened the best-of-three series 1-1. Kelsey Susalla’s single knocked in Sierra Lawrence in the first inning for the game’s only run.
Haeger gave up four hits but fell to 31-2 on the season for the Gators (59-7), trying to become the first team to repeat as national champions since Arizona in 2006-07. The teams meet again Wednesday in a winner-take-all game.