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Luring California talent is paying off for East Coast softball programs

Luring California talent is paying off for East Coast softball programs

When Florida advanced to the championship series of the Women’s College World Series on Sunday, it did so with a Californian on the mound.

She threw to a Californian behind the plate and got five runs of support by, in part, five Californians.

Typically, players like Florida’s Amanda Lorenz, who leads the top-seeded Gators in batting average, runs, hits, home runs and slugging, end up at programs in the West, like UCLA.

But, Florida coach Tim Walton said, “I won't lie to you, Amanda and quite a few other kids, we recruited our tails off to get them to leave Southern California and leave a tradition-rich program.”

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