OKLAHOMA CITY, OK. — With the sun long gone and the game starting just 10 minutes before midnight, the No. 10 Florida State softball team (46-11-1) defeated No. 5 Oklahoma State (48-12) 4-2 in a game that ended at 2:18 in the morning.
The Seminoles have now won their last six Women’s College World Series elimination games. The six straight elimination wins ties the WCWS record set by UCLA who won four straight in 2003 and their next two elimination games in 2006.
No. 5 Oklahoma State 2, No. 10 FSU 4
Kathryn Sandercock started for the Seminoles after earning her 25th win earlier in the day. She grabbed her 26th win of the season after pitching a complete game. She allowed no earned runs and five hits with eight strikeouts.
The Seminole offense blew the game wide open in the third inning, scoring three runs on three hits. Anna Shelnutt led off the inning with a solo home run down the left-field line. Josie Muffley then walked and scored two pitches later after Kaley Mudge doubled to left-center. Sydney Sherrill made it 3-0 after she grounded out to first base, scoring Mudge from third.
Oklahoma State got back a run in the bottom of the third. Avery Hobson led off the inning with a single to second base. She advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and then scored on another sacrifice bunt by Kiley Naomi.
The Cowgirls brought the Seminole lead to one in the bottom of the fifth on after Chyenne Factor singled through the right side with one out, scoring Chelsea Alexander from second.
Kaley Mudge put the game out of reach in the top of the seventh inning. She reached with one out on a fielding error. Mudge then advanced to second on a fly out to left field. She scored the fourth run of the game for FSU after a wild pitch allowed her to advance to third then a bad throw by the catcher allowed Mudge to score.
Florida State capped off the game with its 30th double play of the season to get the final two outs.
Florida State plays Alabama on Sunday, June 6 at 3:30 pm ET. If the Seminoles win game one they will have to play Alabama at 9:30 pm ET with a shot at the championship series on the line.
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