Davis walks Seminoles off to eliminate Arizona, 4-3, at Women’s College World Series
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (WCTV) - The Florida State Seminoles will live to fight another game as they walked off against the Arizona Wildcats, 4-3, Saturday afternoon in Oklahoma City.
Arizona goes 0-2 at the Women’s College World Series for the first time since the 2009 season.
For the second time in as many weeks, Cassidy Davis is the hero for the Tribe.
Davis, who hit a sac fly in the top of the sixth inning in FSU’s Game 1 win over LSU in the Baton Rouge Super Regional, flew out to left field to plate Kaley Mudge, who opened the inning by singling into left field, giving the Seminoles the one-run victory.
Mudge moved to third base on a two-base throwing error by Arizona second basewoman Reyna Carranco, who tried to get Mudge out at the bag on a ball off the bat of Elizabeth Mason, but the throw sailed past Jesse Harper and allowed Mudge to move 60 feet away from home.
Arizona scored the first run of the game on their first hit of the game, as Wildcat third basewoman Malia Martinez shot a one-out solo home run over the left field fence to give Arizona a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning.
UofA added to their lead in the next frame, loading the bases after FSU starter Caylan Arnold issued a one-out walk and surrendered back-to-back singles to load the bases, ending her day.
Florida State ace Kathryn Sandercock (W, 25-3) came into the game as a relief role and got Carlie Scupin to flyout to left field, scoring Dejah Mulipola for the second run of the game and extending the Wildcat lead to 2-0.
FSU put at least one runner on base in every inning, except the third, and threatened to cut into the Wildcats lead in the bottom of the fourth, loading the bases with two outs on a Davis single and back-to-back walks from Devyn Flaherty and Kalei Harding.
Following Harding’s walk, Arizona starter Alyssa Denham was replaced by Mariah Lopez (L, 9-3), who induced a flyout to get the Wildcats out of the jam.
FSU broke through in the next inning, however, as Davis drew a one-out walk and Flaherty followed by getting hit with a pitch.
After a Harding strikeout on a called strike three, Dani Morgan blasted a three-run home run to give the Seminoles their first lead of the game, 3-2, on FSU’s third hit of the game.
The home run marked the first time a lead had changed in a Women’s College World Series since June 5, 2019, when FSU overtook Washington in Game 2 of the Championship Series.
Arizona didn’t roll over in the top of the seventh, however, as four sharply-hit balls to FSU shortstop Josie Muffley turned into two infield singles and a fielder’s choice.
Janelle Meoano, who hit into the fielder’s choice, tied the game on a Corranco RBI double into centerfield that got past a diving Flaherty and rolled all the way to the wall, making it 3-3.
Sandercock pitched 3.2 innings of one-run relief, scattering four hits, walking one and striking out four. Arnold was pulled after 3.1, also allowed four hits and two runs while also walking one and striking out three.
Lopez was strong in relief until the home run by Morgan in the sixth: She takes the tough-luck loss after pitching 3.0 innings, allowing two hits and four runs (three earned) while walking one and striking out three. Denham went 3.2 with two hits and three walks.
The Seminoles will now take the field again on Saturday, at 9:30 p.m., to take on Oklahoma State, who lost to James Madison Friday evening in another elimination game.
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