Royal A. Shepherd (RoyalShepherdFS on Twitter), Director
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – An 8-3 win over the Washington Huskies gave the Florida State softball team its first National Championship in the fastpitch era and third title overall on Tuesday.
Redshirt junior Meghan King led the come-from-behind victory from the pitcher’s mound. The lefty pitched seven innings, giving up five hits, three runs and struck out four.
The Seminoles (58-12) are the third team in NCAA history to come through the loser’s bracket to win the WCWS title. Texas A&M did it in 1983 and UCLA accomplished the feat in 2003.
The Huskies (52-10) jumped out to a three-run lead in the top of the first. Taylor Van Zee got things started with a leadoff single. She was able to score when Jessie Warren threw away a ball to the bag at first on a sacrifice bunt. A pop fly to shallow center fell between two Noles to allow another run to score and an RBI groundout by Taryn Atlee accounted for the final run.
Florida State responded in the bottom of the first. Warren hit a single to left field to set up a two-run homer by Anna Shelnutt to cut the Huskies lead to 3-2.
In the second, Zoe Casas hit a double to left-center that was followed by a Cali Harrod walk. Two batters later, Elizabeth Mason gave the Noles their first lead of the game with a single to right-center. The hit allowed both Harrod and Casas to score, putting the Noles up 4-3. Warren then recorded an RBI single in the inning, increasing the Seminoles’ lead to 5-3.
In the third inning, Sydney Sherrill doubled to left-center. It was double number 29 on the year for the freshman, setting a new ACC record and tying the NCAA single-season mark.
Washington threatened the Noles in the fourth inning as the Huskies loaded the bases with a pair of singles and an error on King with two outs. King escaped the situation on a groundout to end the inning.
Two home runs for FSU in the fourth sealed the game and the title for the Lady Noles. Mason crushed a 2-2 pitch over the wall in center, giving FSU a 7-3 lead. Warren followed with a moonshot to center that gave her 13 total hits in the Women’s College World Series, tying the record for most hits in a single tournament.