LIVE UPDATES: Oklahoma 6 - Seminoles 2 (FINAL)
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (WCTV) - Seven innings separate the Florida State Seminoles from a second-ever Women’s College World Series title but, first thing’s first, they have to get past the best offense in college softball in the Oklahoma Sooners for a third-straight game.
For a second-straight game, the Seminoles came out of the gate hot, jumping out to a 7-0 lead after three and a half innings of softball last night.
Though, for a second-straight game, that large lead was in danger of falling, with the Sooners scoring four-straight runs to come within 7-4 before FSU logged a key insurance run in the top of the seventh inning to all but cement their Game 1 win, 8-4.
While a lot has been made of the offense, and rightly so, especially after the last couple of games, but let’s not overshadow how strong the Noles have been in the circle, especially last night.
Lonni Alameda shocked just about everyone with half an eye on the game by starting Danielle Watson in the circle and she was fantastic, especially through the first-time through the order, facing the minimum after three innings and nearly getting through the minimum for four-straight innings until surrendering back-to-back solo home runs in the bottom of the fourth.
All in all, it was some of the best and most surprising 5.2 innings of work from FSU pitching when they needed it the most.
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Common sense would dictate tonight would belong to Kathryn Sandercock for the Seminoles, even after coming off a 21-pitch performance last night, garnering her second save of the season in the process.
But, Alameda has proven to outsmart everyone in every room for the last four or five days, so seeing a Caylan Arnold start wouldn’t in the least bit surprise me.
A win tonight cements the Seminoles second-ever WCWS title and gives the Sooners a second-straight second-place finish. An FSU loss tonight, and we’ll play a winner-take-everything Game 3 tomorrow afternoon.
But, first thing’s first, and that’s Game 2 tonight at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
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: OKLAHOMA 6 - FLORIDA STATE 2
For just the sixth time in WCWS history, we are heading to Game 3.
Seminoles couldn’t hold onto their two-run lead and we’ll play a decider tomorrow. Here’s a recap from this evening, if you’re inclined.
Thanks for joining me tonight and we’ll see you for one last ride tomorrow.
Top 7, 6-2, Oklahoma
Oklahoma adds to their lead with a sacrifice fly that scores Jocelyn Alo to extend the Sooner lead to 6-2.
Arnold’s day is done and Emma Wilson has come into the game. No outs in the top of the seventh.
End of 6, 5-2, Oklahoma
Noles can’t get anything across in the sixth. Need to rally in the seventh.
Middle 6, 5-2, Oklahoma
The first batter Arnold faced, Jayda Coleman, shot an RBI single into right-centerfield but Arnold was able to keep the damage at five runs.
All of a sudden, FSU has some work to do. Mason, Davis, Morgan due to start things in the sixth.
Top 6, 4-2, Oklahoma
OU adds another run, an RBI single up the middle from Mackenzie Donihoo, to extend their lead to 4-2.
Sandercock’s day ends without recording an out in the top of the sixth. Caylan Arnold comes to the circle.
Top 6, 3-2, Oklahoma
For the first time in this Championship Series, the Oklahoma Sooners have a lead.
Jocelyn Alo hits the 159th home run of the season for the Sooners offense, a new D1 record, to give the Sooners a 3-2 lead.
End of 5, 2-1, FSU
The Noles get a pair of base runners but leave Mudge at first, after Shelnutt was erased on a double play.
Five are complete, it’s still a one-run ballgame.
Middle 5, 2-1, FSU
Sandercock has induced 10 groundball outs through five innings of work as the Sooners are retired in order for the second straight inning.
End of 4, 2-1, FSU
Cassidy Davis is the first leadoff hitter to reach for Florida State tonight after dribbling a ball down the third base line (that also should have been called foul, by the way) but her pinch runner, D’Aun Riggs, is left at second base.
First base runner left for the Seminoles tonight, who take a one-run lead to the fifth.
Middle 4, 2-1, FSU
Sandercock looked like her normal, spectacular self.
To the fourth we go, FSU leads by one. Davis, Morgan, Harding will look to add some insurance.
End of 3, 2-1, FSU
Eight straight Seminoles have been retired by Juarez, who has officially settled into this game.
We’ll see how Sandercock looks to open the fourth, after taking a foul-ball of the left shin in the last inning.
Top 3, 2-1, FSU
The Sooners get a run back in the top of the third on what has tied the 2010 Hawaii team for most home runs ever hit in a season, at 158. It’s a lead off blast from Jana Johns that brings OU within a run, 2-1.
End of 2, 2-0, FSU
Juarez is still struggling to find her spots a bit, but she settles down tremendously in the second, getting three hard-hit balls to either line out or fly out.
Two are in the books and the Seminoles still lead by a pair.
Middle 2, 2-0, FSU
Sandercock works her first 1-2-3 inning of the game by striking out Mackenzie Donihoo on a nasty off-speed pitch, a great catch in center from Dani Morgan, showing great closing speed in the gap and a groundout to Devyn Flaherty at second.
Flaherty, Shelnutt, Muffley get to go to work for the Noles in the second.
End of 1, 2-0, FSU
Mason’s two-run home run is all the Noles muster against G Juarez in the bottom of the first, but they made her work, throwing 31 total pitches and forcing three three-ball counts.
Sandercock has been spotted a two-run lead early.
Bottom 1, 2-0, FSU
Elizabeth Mason does it again, knocking another first-inning home run, this one with Sydney Sherrill at the plate, and it’s 2-0, FSU.
Middle 1, 0-0
It was a bumpy start to the inning for Sandercock after a Tiare Jennings leadoff double and a four-pitch watch to Jocelyn Alo walk, but a doupley play and a groundout end the threat.
Game 2 is officially under way.
How do you do, everyone? A title is on the line tonight for the Seminoles, who get two cracks at it if things don’t go their way this evening.
We have lineups and good amount of shuffling.
The biggest story is Muffley returning to the line up, back in the nine spot where she spent a majority of the season and the WCWS until recently. Remember, she was taken out of the game after a home-plate collision in the seventh inning last night and has been playing the last couple of games with a leg brace. She may be banged up, but Lonni Alameda and company thing she’s healthy enough to go tonight.
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