The Florida State Softball Team Is Returning to the Women’s College World Series
with a 4-3 victory from behind in nine innings on Friday night. The No. 10 Seminoles finished the season of the No. 7 seed LSU in the NCAA Baton Rouge Superregion.
It will be FSU’s first trip back to the WCWS since the Seminoles won nationally in 2018, but you’ll forgive them if it takes a while to sink in.
“Wow, I don’t even know where to start,” FSU coach Lonni Alameda said to kick off her post-match press conference.
“I’m just so shocked,” said freshman Red Shirts hitter Kiersten Landers, who delivered a game-winning hit at the bottom of the ninth inning. “I am very happy. I̵7;m happy to be there for my team and happy to be swinging off the team. It was a surreal moment.”
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FSU trailed 2-0 through five innings on Friday. But get one in each of the sixth and seventh innings to tie the score and force the extra inning.
Then, after LSU led 3-2 in eighth with a single home run, FSU junior Elizabeth Mason blew up her own homer to send in the ninth.
That’s when the Landers came off the bench and tied the RBI singles into the third norm to score Dani Morgan from second base and give the Seminoles a victory. They beat LSU in their Super Regional opener of the day. Thursday 1-0
“It was fun,” Landers said. “We compete for each other … just having the chance to hit my team — and what they did before that — was just an amazing experience.”
Little pitcher Daniel Watson wins with relief With only one run allowed in 4 2/3 innings, starter Caylan Arnold threw in 4 1/3 innings and gave up a run in one frame on a two-run homer.
“I can’t be proud of the general staff anymore,” Alameda said.
Mason led the FSU offensively, going 2-on-4 with a home run and two RBIs.
The Seminoles are the first team to be crowned this year’s World Series, which kicks off June 3 in Oklahoma City. This is FSU’s fourth trip under Alameda and the 11th in school history.
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