LIVE UPDATES: Seminoles 4 - Oklahoma State 2 (FINAL)
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (WCTV) - Just hours after walking off against the Arizona Wildcats in an elimination game in the Women’s College World Series, the Florida State Seminoles face elimination once again as they face off against the Oklahoma State Cowgirls.
FSU scored all four runs in Saturday afternoon’s 4-3 win over UofA in the sixth inning or later, with three coming on one swing, a three-run home run from Dani Morgan.
Cassidy Davis was the hero in the bottom of the seventh, as her sacrifice fly plated Kaley Mudge and sealed the deal for the Noles.
Now, they have to face the number five Cowgirls, who defeated UGA in the second WCWS game on Thursday but lost last night to Cinderella James Madison.
Saturday’s nightcap, the final game of the night, was slated to start around 9:30 p.m. when the day began, but rain in OKC pushed the start of the first game of the night session - UCLA and Oklahoma - to a scheduled 9:17 p.m. start.
So, get some pots of coffee brewing because we might be in for a long night. That’s how it goes this time of year.
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.
FINAL: FLORIDA STATE 4 - OKLAHOMA STATE 2
The Seminoles get to extract revenge on the Cowgirls, who kept FSU out of the WCWS in 2019 by winning the Tallahassee Super Regional, and FSU gets to fight another day...er the same day.
It’s the sixth-straight win in an elimination game in the Women’s College World Series for FSU.
Up next: Alabama, fresh off their perfect game against UCLA on Friday. We’ll see if FSU can be the ones to figure out Montana Fouts. Remember: FSU has to win twice tomorrow to continue their season, Bama just needs to win once.
Our gamer from tonight can be found here. I’m headed to bed. See yall in the A.M., as my grandpa would say.
Middle 7, 4-2, FSU
That was a strange offensive inning for FSU. Kaley Mudge thought she had a double down the third-base line, she didn’t, but then she reached on an error to third base, did some impressive base running to tag on a flyout in foul territory in left field then stole third and came home on an errant throw by the catcher.
It’s now a two-run advantage as we head to the bottom of the seventh.
End of 6, 3-2, FSU
Sydney Pennington gets in on the offensive fun for OSU, knocking a one-out base hit literally off the first-base bag, but she’s left there as Sandercock keeps this a one-run ball game.
Lets see if the Seminoles can get an insurance run.
Middle 6, 3-2, FSU
Devyn Flaherty leads the inning off with an infield single (that should have been a fielding error on Karli Petty at second) but she’s left stranded at second.
Pokes bats get back to work, down by one.
End of 5, 3-2, FSU
Oklahoma State gets a run back and should either have the game tied or still be batting, but a costly base running mistake keeps it a one-run ball game.
Chelsea Alexander started the rally off by reaching on an error by Flaherty with one out and moved to second on a walk issued to Kiley Naomi.
Factor followed Naomi’s walk with a run-scoring single into right field, plating Alexander and cutting the FSU lead to 3-2.
On the same play, though, Naomi hesitated at the third-base bag as the throw came into the infield from Harding - Naomi broke for the bag, but Shelnutt was able to catch her no problem, tagging her out for the second out of the inning.
Sandercock ended the threat with her sixth strikeout of the game.
Middle 5, 3-1, FSU
Sydney Sherrill works a one out walk and gets to second on a wild pitch, but that’s all that the Noles can get going.
End of 4, 3-1, FSU
Hayley Busby gave the Pokes a leadoff single but she’s left stranded at first base.
We head to the fifth.
Middle 4, 3-1, FSU
Kalei Harding opened the frame by reaching on an error but she is left stranded.
To the bottom of the fourth we go!
Bottom 3, 3-1, FSU
Oklahoma State gets a run back on a Kiley Naomi bunt, fielded by Sandercock but her throw to Devyn Flaherty covering the first base bag is errant, allowing Avery Hobson to score after she led the frame off with an infield single.
FSU now ahead by two, 3-1.
Middle 3, 3-0, FSU
FSU takes their three-run lead into the bottom of the third.
The night is also done for Kelly Maxwell. Her line: 2.1 IP, 4 hits, 3 ER, BB, 5 K, 49 pitches.
Top 3, 3-0, FSU
FSU trades the first out of the inning for an out, as Sherrill grounds out to first to plate Mudge.
It’s the second three-run inning over the last 24 hours for FSU, who lead by a field goal.
Top 3, 2-0, FSU
Noles aren’t satisfied with just one: Josie Muffley works a walk following the Shelnutt home run and is doubled home by Kaley Mudge.
FSU leads, 2-0.
Top 3, 1-0, FSU
Postseason Ana is back after she leads off the top of the third inning with a solo home run, and a no-doubter at that.
The Noles are on the board first.
End of 2, 0-0
OSU has their first base runner, after a two-out walk drawn by Karli Petty on a questionable ball four call, but there’s no harm, no foul as she’s left stranded on the base paths.
Still looking for a run in this one.
Middle 2, 0-0
Oklahoma State starter Kelly Maxwell has struck out five straight Noles, including striking out the side in the top of the second.
End of 1, 0-0
Sandercock starts her evening with a pair of swinging strikeouts.
Flaherty, Harding and Morgan due for the Noles.
Middle 1, 0-0
Sydney Sherrill has the game’s first hit, a one-out base knock to center field, and she swiped second base but is left there as Elizabeth Mason chased a pitch on the outer half of the plate and Cassidy Davis is rung up with a back-door off-speed delivery.
To the bottom of the first we go.
We have lineups!
Sandercock will get the start and Lonni Alameda is using the exact same starting nine as she did earlier in the day against Arizona.
Who is amped for some Seminoles After Dark action?! A 12:50 a.m. ET first pitch time has been determined so we could be in for a long evening.
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