OKLAHOMA CITY, OK. — The No. 10 Florida State softball team (45-11-1) earned a 4-3 win over Arizona (41-15) in dramatic fashion. The Seminoles trailed after five innings but a three-run home run by Dani Morgan in the sixth and a Cassidy Davis sacrifice fly in the seventh secured a 4-3 come from behind victory over the Wildcats.
No. 11 Arizona 3, No. 10 FSU 4
Caylan Arnold started in the circle for the Seminoles and pitched 3.1 innings, with three strikeouts. She got the first seven batters out in order before Arizona hit a solo home run in the third inning. Arnold then loaded the bases in the fourth before Kathryn Sandercock entered the game to pitch with one out.
Sandercock only allowed the Wildcats to score one run in the fourth inning as she struck out the last batter of the fourth.
The Seminoles loaded the bases in the fourth inning but could not convert as they trailed by two.
Arizona loaded the bases once again with one out in the fifth inning. Sandercock came up clutch, forcing two infield outs to keep the score at 2-0. She then made quick work of the Wildcats in the sixth by striking out the side.
The Seminole offense showed up in the sixth inning, scoring three runs, giving FSU their first lead of the Women’s College World Series. With one out, Cassidy Davis walked. Devyn Flaherty was then hit by a pitch. With two outs, Dani Morgan stepped up to the plate and sent a bomb to left field, giving the Garnet and Gold a 3-2 lead. This lead change was the first lead change of the 2021 WCWS and the first lead change in the last 22 games in OKC.
Arizona scored a run in the top of the seventh to tie the game at three. This did not phase the Noles as Kaley Mudge led off the seventh with a single through the right side. With one out, Elizabeth Mason reached on a fielder’s choice and Mudge advanced to third on a throwing error. Cassidy Davis stepped up to the dish with one out and did all she needed to, sending a ball to deep left field for a sacrifice fly and a walk-off win.
Florida State plays Oklahoma State on Saturday, June 5 at 9:30 pm ET.
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