Almost 20 years to the day he was the winning pitcher for Oklahoma’s 1994 baseball national championship, Tim Walton coached Florida’s softball team to their first national championship.
Florida defeated Alabama 6-3 on Tuesday night in Game 2 of the Women’s College World Series Finals at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, winning the series two games to none.
Florida pounded Alabama starting pitcher Jackie Traina for five runs in the first two innings, including a three-run home run by Kirsti Merritt to give the Gators a 5-1 lead.
Florida held Southeastern Conference rival Alabama in check most of the game to get the win, and the second national title in SEC history, to go with the one Alabama won in 2012.
Gators pitcher Hannah Rogers was named the WCWS Most Outstanding Player, finishing the game in the circle even though she didn’t start Game 2.
Florida head coach Tim Walton has now won national championships as a player, assistant coach, and head coach.
He was an assistant to Patty Gasso in 2000 when the Sooners won their first national championship.
In 1994, Walton picked up the win as a pitcher for the OU baseball team that defeated Georgia Tech to win the College World Series in Omaha.