TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Winning its 13th consecutive NCAA regional game, No. 4 Florida State (54-6-1) is one of the final 16 teams competing for the 2017 National Championship after an 8-5 win against No. 25 Georgia (35-23) on Sunday afternoon at JoAnne Graf Field.
It is the fifth-straight season that the Seminoles have advanced to the Super Regional round of the NCAA Softball Championship.
The win is FSU’s 35th straight win at home, dating back to May 7, 2016, which moves into a tie for the second-longest home winning streak in school history. The streak matches a 35-game span through the 1992-93 seasons, and only trails a 38-game home winning streak from March 22, 1984 to April 13, 1985.
“Hats off to Georgia, they are an outstanding ball club,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “We always have fierce competitions against them and they have such great speed and hitting so it was a pretty good dog fight for us. King (Meghan King) was great pitching to our defense and doing some really good things. Just so cool to see the kids learn how to stick to a plan, just coming off and getting our swing off for us in the first inning to really settle us in to being comfortable and getting after some good defensive at bats.
“Really proud of the team, we’re really coming together at the right time. I couldn’t be more excited for them. As a coach you’re really excited but for them, they have these moments for the rest of their lives. It’s just really cool to see that come together.”
Jessie Warren quickly put the Noles up 2-0 in the top of the first, launching the first pitch of her at bat over the left field wall for her 23rd home run of the season, scoring Morgan Klaevemann who opened the game with an infield single.
Carsyn Gordon led off the FSU third inning with a single to right and quickly came in to score on an RBI double by Dani Morgan. A sacrifice fly by Sydney Broderick made it a 4-0 game and Ellie Cooper continued the inning with a single to right. The senior captain stole second with two outs in the inning and came in to score on an RBI single by Cali Harrod.
FSU starting pitcher Meghan King retired seven of the first eight UGA hitters, allowing just one runner on an FSU error in the second before Jordan Doggett hit a one-out infield single that stayed inside the third base line in the bottom of the third.
A bunt single by Cortni Emanuel and a walk by her twin sister Sydni loaded the bases for UGA later in the inning and Alyssa DiCarlo drove in a pair of runs on a single up the middle to cut the lead to 5-2.
The Seminoles added a pair of runs in the fourth as Gordon drew a two-out walk and Morgan hit a home run to center on the first pitch of her at bat to make it 7-2 Florida State.
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