LIVE UPDATES: Arizona 3 - Seminoles 4 (FINAL)
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (WCTV) - It’s do or die time in Oklahoma City as the Florida State Seminoles and Arizona Wildcats face off in a Women’s College World Series elimination game.
Arizona fell to the Alabama Crimson Tide, 5-1, Thursday evening after having a difficult time hitting Bama ace Montana Fouts, who allowed just two hits and one run in her seven innings of work, tying a career-high with 16 strikeouts.
It was a similarly frustrating night for FSU on Thursday, who fell to UCLA 4-0 in the final game of Day 1 in OKC. The story felt familiar for the Seminoles: Strong pitching nearly carried FSU across the finish line but the Tribe’s bats had no answers for Rachel Garcia, who didn’t allow a run and scattered five hits while striking out 11.
The Seminoles didn’t struggle to get runners on base in the same way the Wildcats did, but did struggle to do anything with them: FSU combined to leave six runners on, many of those opportunities coming early in the game.
A win Saturday afternoon means a return to the diamond Saturday night in yet another elimination game while a loss ends your season.
Below will be a running a live blog of tonight’s game. We’ll have score updates, analysis, stray observations and thoughts. For up-to-the-minute updates and analysis, be sure you’re following myself and WCTV Sports on Twitter.
First pitch is slated for 2:30 p.m. and will be on ESPN.
FINAL: FLORIDA STATE 4 - ARIZONA 3
Cassidy Davis, who scored on Dani Morgan’s sixth-inning home run, is the hero in the bottom of the seventh as her sac fly plates Kaley Mudge and gives the Noles the victory, keeping their season alive.
They’ll take the diamond again tonight against Oklahoma State.
Gotta go run some errands and do some other non-softball things before we return to the diamond. Recap of today’s game one can be seen here.
See yall in a few hours!
Middle 7: 3-3
We are headed to the bottom of the seventh after Arizona ties the game in the top half.
It was a rough inning for Josie Muffley, who had three balls hit to her, who of which resulted in infield singles.
Reyna Carranco is the Wildcat hero, for now, who doubled home Janelle Meono.
The top of the order is due for the Seminoles.
Bottom 6: 3-2, Florida State
This game changed in a hurry.
Cassidy Davis worked a one-out walk and Devyn Flaherty worked the count full before getting hit by a pitch to put two on and, after a Kalei Harding strikeout, Dani Morgan came to the dish.
And, well, she did this.
Her home run marked the first lead change in the Women’s College World Series since FSU overtook the lead against Washington in Game 2 of the 2018 Championship Series (June 5, 2018).
Middle 6: 2-0, Arizona
Sandercock strikes out the side in the top half of the inning.
Mason, Davis, Flaherty due for the Seminoles.
End of 5: 2-0, Arizona
Josie Muffley gets hit by a pitch with one out and moves to second on a fielder’s choice, but is left there, representing the fifth FSU runner to be left on base today.
The Seminoles are quickly running out of outs.
Middle 5: 2-0, Arizona
Kathryn Sandercock works out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the fifth.
Shelnutt, Muffley, Mudge due for the Noles in the bottom of the fifth.
End of 4: 2-0, Arizona
For the first time tonight, FSU showed real signs of offensive life.
Cassidy Davis stroked a two-out single into right field and Devyn Flaherty and Kalei Harding worked two-out walks to load the bases and chase Arizona starter Alyssa Denham from the game.
In came Mariah Lopez, who got Dani Morgan to flyout to centerfield to leave the bases loaded and preserve the Wildcats’ two-run lead.
Middle 4: 2-0, Arizona
Sandercock gets Malia Martinez, who hit the home run last inning, to strike out to end the top of the fourth, leaving two runners stranded and sending the Noles bats to work down by two.
Top of 4: 2-0, Arizona
FSU trades an out for a run, as a Carlie Scupin sacrifice fly to left field scores Dejah Mulipola from third, and the Wildcats have a 2-0 lead.
Top of 4: 1-0, Arizona
Trouble is brewing for Florida State, as Caylan Arnold has surrendered a one-out walk followed by back-to-back singles to load the bases for the Wildcats.
Alameda takes no chances and pulls Arnold for Sandercock to try to wiggle FSU out of this jam.
End of 3: 1-0, Arizona
We are through three innings and one complete go around the FSU batting order, and the Noles have still not sent the ball past the infield. Of the first nine outs of the game, six have been groundouts.
Middle 3: 1-0, Arizona
Things got interesting after the Martinez home run. Arnold followed it with a swinging strike out of Arizona nine hitter Hannah Martinez but surrendered an infield single to leadoff hitter Janelle Meono and a passed ball put her in scoring position. But, she’s left there, as the Noles look to get the run back in the bottom of the third.
Top 3: 1-0, Arizona
We have the first run of the game and it’s courtesy of a Wildcat longball from Malia Martinez, who took Caylan Arnold deep past the left field wall with a one-out home run.
End of 2: 0-0
FSU has the game’s first hit, an infield single off the bat of Kalei Harding, but she was erased on a tough-luck double play after Dani Morgan lined out to second base. Harding was picked off at first after she left on contact.
The Noles have yet to leave the infield on a ball put in play, but they’re seeing the ball well and making hard contact. Something should fall sooner rather than later.
Middle 2: 0-0
Arnold gets ‘Zona sixth-year centerfielder Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza to chase at a high and away screwball for Arnold’s first strikeout of the day to end the top of the second in another 1-2-3 inning.
End of 1: 0-0
Three of FSU’s four hitters in the bottom of the first inning swung at the first pitch, each time resulting in a groundout. The only hitter who didn’t was Sydney Sherrill, who worked a one-out walk.
Some early-game jitters here for the Noles offense.
Middle 1: 0-0
Caylan Arnold rolled through the first two hitters then had to work a bit to get Jessie Harper, Arizona’s power hitting shortstop, to ground out.
Nothing doing after three outs.
We’ve got lineups in!
A couple of things are sticking out regarding the Seminoles’ lineup:
- They’re going with Caylan Arnold in the circle, opting to rest Kathryn Sandercock for a potential game tonight against Oklahoma State
- Some lineup shuffling from Lonni Alameda: Elizabeth Mason moved from the cleanup spot up to the three-spot, Kalei Harding is moved down from third to sixth and Devyn Flaherty has moved into that four-hole.
We’ll see if this turns into more offense, which the Noles have struggled with since the Supers.
Happy Saturday, Seminoles fans! It’s slated to be a busy one, if things go well for the Garnet and Gold - potentially a pair of softball games to day with a baseball game against Ole Miss sandwiched in between. And we’re going to have you covered from every angle here on WCV.tv.
First thing’s first, FSU is due to face Arizona in their first elimination game of the day. Oklahoma just put the finishing touches on the Georgia Bulldogs with a six-inning run-rule win (8-0), so we are looking at a 2:48 p.m. first pitch.
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