TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — After taking care of business at home in the NCAA Regional and Super Regional rounds, No. 6 Florida State (52-11) is heading back to Oklahoma City to play in the 2018 Women’s College World Series from May 31-June 6. It is the third time in the last five seasons that the Seminoles are one of the final eight teams playing for an NCAA National Championship and FSU is making its 10th trip to the WCWS in school history.
The Noles will open up against No. 3 UCLA (56-5) on Thursday, May 31 at 9:30 p.m. ET at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium, and the game will be broadcast on ESPN2. FSU and UCLA also have No. 2 Florida (55-9) and No. 7 Georgia (48-11) on the same side of the bracket and the Seminoles will play either the Gators or the Bulldogs in their second game of the WCWS later in the week.
Overall, the Seminoles are 8-18 all-time at the WCWS, and most recently advanced to the NCAA Semifinals in 2016. FSU dropped its first game against No. 16 Georgia on June 2 by a score of 5-4 and tied a WCWS record with seven errors. The Noles came back through the loser’s bracket and defeated No. 12 UCLA (8-4) and No. 2 Michigan (1-0) before falling to No. 4 Auburn, 8-7 in eight innings.
“I think was so great for the seniors to win their final game on JoAnne Graf Field and take us to the Women’s College World Series,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “We talked about it yesterday of how it will be a different venue and a different environment, but it is still just three bases, home plate and a pitcher’s rubber. If we can keep it that grounded and if our returners can keep it that normal, then we’ll be able to just play some Florida State softball.”
Florida State advanced to the 2018 Women’s College World Series after defeating No. 11 LSU in the best-of-three Super Regional round on May 25-26 in Tallahassee. The Tigers earned a 6-5 win in game one, but the Noles rallied for an 8-5 win in 11 innings in game two and clinched the final spot at the 2018 WCWS with a 3-1 victory in game three.
It will be the fourth year in a row that the Seminoles and Bruins have played each other and UCLA holds an 8-6 advantage in the series. However, FSU has had the better of UCLA as of late, winning each of the last six games, dating back to the 2002 Women’s College World Series. Under Alameda, Florida State is 5-0 against the Bruins and eliminated UCLA from the 2016 Women’s College World Series with an 8-4 win on June 4.
The double-elimination tournament will run from May 31 to June 3, with the best-of-three Championship Series starting on June 4. All games will be broadcast nationally on ESPN or ESPN2, with links for live stats and FSU Softball Radio available on the softball schedule page of Seminoles.com.
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