May 30, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY (Seminoles.com) – No. 8 seeded Florida State (55-8) will play in the first elimination game of the 2014 WCWS against 13th-seeded Baylor (47-15) at 11 a.m. CT on Sat, May 31 at OGE Energy Field at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
“We are a lot more relaxed today,” said head coach Lonni Alameda. “I think playing our first WCWS game was something we needed to experience, talk about and learn how we were feeling. Now it is just go out and enjoy each pitch and learn from what we experienced yesterday.”
Baylor enters the game having lost to Florida by a score of 11-0 in five innings in its first game of the 2014 WCWS on May 29. The Bears are led by sixth-year senior pitcher Whitney Canion who was named a first-team All-American on May 28. Canion is 31-11 on the season with a 1.44 ERA and 10 shutouts. She has recorded 298 strikeouts in 243.0 innings and is allowing a batting average of just .175.
Baylor finished second in the Big 12 behind fellow WCWS participant Oklahoma and needed road wins over Georgia in the Super Regionals to advance to their third WCWS since 2007. They have set a new single-season home run record for their program (71) and have six players with at least seven round-trippers.
The Noles are looking for their first WCWS win since defeating Washington, 2-0, in 2004. Florida State is 6-15 all-time at the Women’s College World Series. FSU fell to Oregon, 3-0, in its opening game of the 2014 WCWS.
Maddie O’Brien recorded the only Seminole hit of the game against Oregon on May 29 and continues to lead the team in several categories. The Palm Harbor, Fla., native is batting .429 (73-for-170) with 24 home runs and 83 RBI.
Lacey Waldrop looks to regroup from Thursday’s loss and the USA Softball National Player of the Year is more than capable of dominating the competition. She has allowed an ERA of just 1.07 this season on 262.1 innings pitched. She has recorded 284 strikeouts and opponents are batting .190 against her.
The winner of Saturday’s game will play later that day at 6 p.m. CT against the loser of Friday’s Kentucky/Alabama game.
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