Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Colleges

Florida State falls in Women's College World Series opener

OKLAHOMA CITY — Georgia scored an unearned run in the top of the seventh for a 5-4 win over Florida State on Thursday in the Women's College World Series.

Georgia, at No. 16 the lowest seed in the series, took advantage of seven errors by the Seminoles that tied a World Series record. The winning run scored when Cortni Emanuel reached on an error, stole second, advanced to third on an error and scored when Alyssa DiCarlo grounded out.

The Bulldogs (46-18) got to Oklahoma City by stunning No. 1 seed Florida in the Gainesville Super Region.

The eighth-seeded Seminoles (53-9) had committed just one error in five NCAA tournament games before Thursday.

"I don't know the last time we've put errors like that up on the board, but yet still have a chance in the sixth and seventh," FSU coach Lonni Alameda said. "So I think there's a lot of positive things we can pull from it, and now it's just really understanding the pitch-by-pitch in process part at the highest level. I think that's the one challenge that's up for us right now."

FSU took a 2-0 lead on a first-inning home run by former Alonso High star Jessica Warren, her 19th of the season.

FSU's Jessica Burroughs, the ACC pitcher of the year, was pulled in the third when she allowed singles to the first two batters. Meghan King got the loss in relief.

The Seminoles say they will be ready for an elimination game at noon Saturday against UCLA, which lost to Auburn.

"The one game doesn't reflect the journey of the season, of the team," Alameda said. "We just got caught up in the emotional part of it, and I'm pretty certain we'll bounce back and be better for it."

AUBURN 10, UCLA 3: Jade Rhodes had three hits and scored twice as the Tigers (55-10) beat the Bruins (40-15-1). Auburn scored five runs on one hit in the first inning. Four Tigers were hit by pitches in the first; the lone hit was a double by Kasey Cooper, who later scored.

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