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Looking back at Kenny Gajewski and Tim Walton's story in Oklahoma, Florida

The meeting between the Oklahoma State and Florida softball teams in the opening round of the Women's College World Series will be a reunion of sorts for coach Kenny Gajewski.

Gajewski will face his former college teammate, Gators coach Tim Walton. The two were pitchers on Oklahoma's 1994 national championship team.

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The No. 5 Cowgirls have met No. 4 Florida multiple times in recent seasons. The two teams met in February in Gainesville, winning 3-0 against Oklahoma State. That game only took place because OSU canceled games at the 2024 Shriners Children's Clearwater Invitational, setting up an impromptu top-10 matchup between Gajewski and Walton.

Oklahoma State has also played Florida in numerous postseason games, defeating the Gators in the first round of the 2019 WCWS and the second round in 2022. Here's everything you need to know about Gajewski and Walton's history, including their performance as teammates on the Sooners:

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Kenny Gajewski-Tim Walton Story

Gajewski and Walton have known each other even longer than their 1994 College World Series victory together in Oklahoma. They first met in 1990 at Cerritos College in Norwalk, California, when Gajewski was a redshirt freshman and Walton was a freshman.

Gajewski later transferred to Cal State Dominguez Hills for two seasons before the two players reunited after transferring to Oklahoma. The duo began playing softball after Gajewski became turf and maintenance director for Oklahoma's baseball and softball programs in 1997. Walton became an OU softball assistant in 1999 under legendary coach Patty Gasso.

Gajewski worked at Oklahoma from 1997-97 before becoming superintendent at Tennessee from 2011-12. The duo reunited in 2013 when Gajewski was later named an assistant at Florida under Walton. Gajewski won two national championships (2014-15) and made another WCWS appearance (2013) in three seasons with the Gators.

After his three seasons in Gainesville, Gajewski was hired by Oklahoma State in 2016.

Were Kenny Gajewski and Tim Walton college teammates?

Oklahoma State's Gajewski and Florida's Walton were teammates at Cerritos College in 1990 before reuniting as teammates at Oklahoma in 1994. That year, the Sooners won their only national baseball championship.

Kenny Gajewski's record against Florida

Here is Kenny Gajewski’s game history against Florida:

Gajewski record against Walton: 4-2

  • 2024: Oklahoma State 3, Florida 0
  • 2022: Oklahoma State 2, Florida 0
  • 2019: Oklahoma State 2, Florida 1
  • 2017: Florida 5, Oklahoma State 0
  • 2017: Oklahoma State 1, Florida 0
  • 2017: Florida 2, Oklahoma State 0

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