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Florida State softball reaches Women's College World Series

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State earned its ninth trip to the softball Women's College World Series on Saturday, finishing a two-game sweep of Utah with a 3-0 victory in the Super Region series.

The Seminoles (53-8) advanced to the WCWS, Thursday through June 8 in Oklahoma City.

Meghan King (25-3) pitched a four-hitter for FSU, seeded eighth. The freshman struck out four.

Former Alonso High standout Jessica Warren hit a two-run home run in the third inning. Ellie Cooper chopped a two-out single over the head of Utah first baseman Bridget Castro, then Warren, a sophomore third baseman, hit a 3-and-0 pitch over the wall in rightfield for her 18th homer this season for a 2-0 lead.

Morgan Klaevemann's bunt single scored Korina Rosario in the seventh.

Utah (35-22) needed to win twice Saturday to deny FSU, which recorded its 20th shutout of the season and extended its winning streak to 10 games.

"I think we've talked about over and over again how young we are and how we're growing up through the game," FSU coach Lonni Alameda said. "…We were very relaxed in a lot of big situations, and we trusted the process. I couldn't be more proud of the people to my left and to my right that represent our entire team."

The Seminoles face Georgia, which knocked out top seed Florida on Friday, in the WCWS opener on Thursday.

Florida State softball reaches Women's College World Series 05/28/16 [Last modified: Saturday, May 28, 2016 10:26pm]
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