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Seminoles force third game at Tennessee, but falls short; Wolfpack drops pair at Oregon.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Scoring one run each in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, No. 8 Tennessee (46-14) defeated No. 9 Florida State (48-13) by a score of 3-2 in the opening game of the NCAA Knoxville Super Regional on May 21.
UT’s Meghan Gregg hit a walk-off RBI single in the seventh inning to score Lexi Overstreet and give the Volunteers a 1-0 advantage in the series and put Tennessee one game away from the 2015 Women’s College World Series.
“Outstanding game, but we just ended up on the wrong side of it,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “Tennessee continues to find a way to make plays and get wins. They are an excellent ball club and extremely competitive. Jessica did a great job for us in the circle and we just need to go back and get ready for two games tomorrow.”
Florida State opened the scoring in the second inning as Ellie Cooper was hit by a pitch to lead off the frame. Bailey Schinella followed with a single to right off Tennessee starter Erin Gabriel. Victoria Daddis stepped in later in the inning and hit an RBI double down the left field line to score Cooper and give Florida State a 1-0 lead.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Behind the big bat of freshman Jessica Warren, No. 9 Florida State (49-13) defeated No. 8 Tennessee (46-15) by a score of 6-1 to force game three of the NCAA Knoxville Super Regional on May 22. Warren went 3-for-3 from the plate with two home runs and three RBI as the Seminoles held off elimination and will play in a winner-take-all game later tonight at 7:15 p.m.
“One of the great aspects of this program is our ability to make adjustments,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “From game to game, inning to inning, pitch to pitch, we are able to process what has happened and adjust and execute better the next time the situation comes up. Huge win for this team on the road to force game three.”
Florida State got the offense going immediately as two Seminoles did what they’ve been doing all season. Maddie O’Brien drew a four-pitch walk, her 73rd free pass of the season, and she came in to score on the 18th home run of the season by Jessica Warren to make it 2-0 FSU.
It was Warren’s second home run of the Super Regional against UT starter Erin Gabriel, and the freshman is batting .800 (4-for-5) with two home runs, a triple and a walk in her career against the Tennessee pitcher.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Dropping the final game of the NCAA Knoxville Super Regional, No. 9 Florida State (49-14) ended its season with a 2-1 loss at No. 8 Tennessee (47-15) on May 22 at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium. The Seminoles had won game two earlier in the day, 6-1, to force a third game, but could not overcome an early deficit to the Volunteers in the final game of the series.
“An outstanding super regional,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “An amazing, well-fought game on all sides. I’m very proud of our program, it is hard to be down one game and come back in a tough environment against a good athletic squad like Tennessee. Very proud of our team.”
Tennessee opened the scoring in the first inning as Lexi Overstreet drew a leadoff walk from FSU starter Lacey Waldrop. A single by Rainey Gaffin and an RBI double by Megan Geer gave Tennessee a 1-0 lead. Waldrop struck out the next two hitters she faced to end the inning.
The Seminoles were able to get two runners on in the second inning on a walk by Alex Powers and a single from Victoria Daddis, but both were left stranded on base after a strikeout from UT starter Gaffin and a line out.
EUGENE, Ore. - Playing in its first NCAA Super Regional, the NC State softball team was not overwhelmed by the spotlight and took an early lead on the top-ranked Oregon Ducks but eventually dropped a 6-1 decision at Howe Field Friday night.
Oregon takes a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series and would advance to the Women's College World Series (WCWS) with a win on Saturday. State needs to beat the Ducks twice on Saturday to advance.
NC State struck first in the contest on a solo home run to left field by senior Renada Davis. The Tomball, Texas, native smacked the second pitch of the game over the fence for her 14th round-tripper of the year.
Oregon plated four runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 4-1 lead. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Wolfpack senior pitcher Emily Weiman got a couple of popouts but a hit-by-pitch to the next batter knotted the score at one and opened the door for the Ducks.
EUGENE, Ore. - For the first time in the history of the program, the NC State softball team had its season end in an NCAA Super Regional. The Wolfpack came up short at Howe Field on Saturday, as the top-ranked Oregon Ducks earned a 9-3 win.
NC State concludes its season with a 38-22 record, the most wins under the leadership of third-year head coach Shawn Rychcik. No. 1 Oregon advances to the Women's College World Series (WCWS) for the second consecutive year with a 51-6 mark on the season.
The Ducks used a big fourth inning to gain momentum in the contest after plating four runs in the frame. Oregon batters collected four consecutive hitters to score the four runs.
Davis smacked her 15th home run of the year in the bottom of the fifth to trim the Wolfpack deficit to 5-2. She sent the 3-2 delivery sailing over the center field fence for the 65th round-tripper of her career.
Oregon's offense, which ranks third in the nation, plated four additional runs in the top of the seventh to stretch its advantage to 9-2.