Thursday, February 22, 2018
Colleges

Florida State softball tops UCLA to stay alive in WCWS

OKLAHOMA CITY — Florida State gave itself a chance this time.

The Seminoles defeated UCLA 8-4 in an error-free elimination game Saturday at the Women's College World Series, bouncing back from Thursday's seven-error performance in a loss to Georgia in the double-elimination event.

"What a great stage to learn about yourselves and your team, to be able to turn that around," FSU coach Lonni Alameda said.

Alex Powers had four hits, including a solo home run, and Morgan Klaevemann had four RBIs for the Seminoles (54-9). Jessica Burroughs entered the game in the first inning, gave up two hits and didn't give up a run in 61/3 innings to claim the win.

UCLA's Mysha Sataraka hit a grand slam to center in the bottom of the first.

Former Alonso High standout Jessica Warren homered in the third to cut FSU's deficit to 4-3. Powers doubled, then advanced to third on Sydney Broderick's single. Cali Harrod bunted to score Powers, and Broderick scored for a 5-4 lead when UCLA (40-16-1) got caught worrying about Harrod between first and second.

The Seminoles place the loser of late Saturday's Oklahoma-Michigan game at 1 p.m. today (ESPN) in an elimination game.

In other games, Auburn defeated Georgia 4-3 to remain unbeaten and LSU eliminated Alabama with a 6-4 win.

Baseball: UF, FSU win

GAINESVILLE — Jonathan India's homer in the eighth helped No. 1 overall seed Florida beat Connecticut 6-5 in the NCAA baseball tournament's Gainesville Region. Danny Reyes and Plant High graduate Peter Alonso also homered for the Gators (49-13), who are 31-4 at home this season. It was Alonso's third homer in two games, all since he missed three weeks with a broken bone in his left hand.

The Huskies (38-24) play Georgia Tech (37-24) in an elimination game at noon today with the winner facing UF at 6 tonight. Georgia Tech beat Bethune-Cookman 12-3, ousting the Wildcats (29-27).

Tallahassee Region: Steven Wells and Jackson Lueck homered as No. 1 seed Florida State beat Southern Miss 7-2 to reach the region final. The Seminoles (39-20) play at 6 tonight against the winner of today's Southern Miss-South Alabama game. FSU took a 3-2 lead in the second on Wells' three-run homer to left.

Coral Gables Region: Brett Lashley's two-run double in the eighth put Florida Atlantic (39-18) ahead for good in an 8-4 victory over Stetson, eliminating the Hatters. Host Miami faced Long Beach State in a late game.

Division II: Daniel Zardon hit a tying two-run homer in a six-run fourth inning as Nova Southeastern, located in Fort Lauderdale, defeated Millersville (Pa.) 8-6 in Cary, N.C., for its first national title in baseball.

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