OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Scoring in four of their six innings at the plate, the Seminoles staved off elimination on Saturday afternoon as No. 6 Florida State (53-12) earned a 7-2 win over No. 7 Georgia (48-13) to continue in the 2018 Women’s College World Series.
The victory moves the Noles further down the bracket and they will face No. 1 Oregon later tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET. The winner of the FSU-UO game will advance to Sunday’s NCAA Semifinals against No. 3 UCLA.
“We knew today was going to be a battle,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “There were going to be punches from both sides and then also dealing with the heat and the sun. Really proud of Meghan and how she worked the different hitters and kept them off balance. Offensively, I liked our patient approach and how we were able to work some counts and take advantage of different situations. Now, it is time to get back to the hotel, get some food, get some rest and get ready for Oregon later tonight.”
After FSU starting pitcher Meghan King retired Georgia in order in the top of the first, the Bulldogs threatened in the second inning, getting a pair of runners on with one out with a single by Alysen Febrey and a walk to Mahlena O’Neal. King got out of the inning with a strikeout and a groundout.
The Seminoles opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning as Anna Shelnutt led off with a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Dani Morgan. Zoe Casas put Florida State up 1-0 with a two-out RBI double to center, FSU’s 106th double of the season, which is the most doubles hit in the NCAA this season.
Georgia pushed a runner to second with one out in the third inning, but a line drive to Elizabeth Mason in right started an inning-ending double play as the runner did not return to tag.
The Bulldogs again got a pair of runners on in the fourth inning on a walk by Alyssa DiCarlo and a single by Febrey, but King kept UGA off the scoreboard with a groundout and a pop out to end the inning.
Florida State brought in three more in the bottom of the fourth to extend its lead to 4-0. Shelnutt drew her second walk of the game to start the inning and was pinch-run for by Deja Bush. Bush quickly stole second and moved to third on a single by Morgan. Morgan stole second and a walk by Cali Harrod loaded the bases with nobody out.
Casas came through again for the Noles, chopping a two-run single up the middle to make it 3-0 Seminoles. It tied a season high for Casas with three RBI. The inning continued and Casas stole second to move into scoring position and Elizabeth Mason hit a sacrifice fly to right for a 4-0 lead. It marked Mason’s fifth sacrifice fly of the season, which is tied for 15th in the NCAA this season.
Georgia scored two unearned runs in the top of the fifth to cut FSU’s lead to 4-2. A two-out walk to Cortni Emanuel and a Seminole fielding error gave Justice Milz the chance to bring in two runs with a triple to right. A walk to DiCarlo put runners on the corners, but King got the Seminoles out of the inning with a fly out to left.
Florida State fought back with two runs in the bottom of fifth to push the advantage back out to 6-2. Consecutive one-out singles by Sydney Sherrill and Shelnutt put Seminole runners on second and third and Morgan brought them both in on a two-RBI single to right field for her third RBI of the 2018 WCWS.
The Seminoles added another run in the sixth for the 7-2 final score. Walks by Mason and Carsyn Gordon, along with a single by Jessie Warren loaded the bases and a two-out walk by Shelnutt scored Mason. It was Shelnutt’s third walk of the game, which set a career high.
Georgia hit a leadoff single in the seventh, but King retired the next three batters to close out the complete-game victory and improve to 23-6. The redshirt junior gave up two runs, zero earned, and scattered five hits and four walks while recording four strikeouts in the win.
Saturday’s elimination game between the Noles and Ducks will be broadcast live on ESPN and links for live stats and FSU Softball Radio available on the softball schedule page of Seminoles.com.
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