Florida State made history on Tuesday night, giving the ACC its first-ever Women’s College World Series title with an 8-3 win over Washington in Oklahoma City. FSU also won Monday’s first game of the best-of-three series 1-0.
This was Florida State’s 10th appearance in the WCWS and their first time playing in the championship round.
After a shaky first inning in which it seemed Washington came ready to force a Game 3, Florida State simply dominated.
The Seminoles returned Meghan King to the mound in Game 2 after she pitched a five-hit shutout in Game 1 on Monday night. It was her first time pitching four days in a row, and after giving up a leadoff base hit on the first pitch, some sloppy defense and errors by No. 6 Florida State staked No. 5 Washington to a 3-0 lead to start things off.
FSU’s Anna Shelnutt hit a two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the first inning, however, and that put the Seminoles right back in it.
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Trailing 3-2 with runners on first and second in the bottom of the second, Elizabeth Mason crushed a ball bobbled by Washington’s right fielder for a two-run triple to give the Seminoles the lead. Jessie Warren hit an RBI single to score Mason and Florida State took a 5-3 lead.
The Huskies left the bases loaded in the fourth inning.
Mason struck again in the bottom of the fourth, driving a two-run home run to give FSU a 7-3 lead from which the Huskies couldn’t recover. Gabbie Plain replaced Taran Alvelo on the mound for Washington, but faced Warren immediately and she blasted a solo home run, the 83rd of her career, to make it 8-3.
The Huskies were seeking their second national championship under coach Heather Tarr, an assistant coach with USA Softball.
Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.