Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Colleges

FSU softball eliminated from College World Series

OKLAHOMA CITY — Florida State was eliminated from the Women's College World Series to cap a long Sunday, losing to Auburn 8-7 in eight innings hours after staying alive by beating Michigan.

Florida State (55-10) trailed 7-4 going into the top of the seventh until Cali Harrod's three-run homer tied it, forcing extra innings.

Pinch-runner Morgan Podnay beat a throw home to score the winning run on a fielder's choice in the eighth. Madi Gipson singled to lead off the inning and advanced to third on an error.

Auburn (57-10) sewed up a berth in the best-of-three final against either Oklahoma or LSU.

Earlier in the day, FSU defeated Michigan 1-0, eliminating the Wolverines as Jessica Burroughs threw a three-hitter. The ACC pitcher of the year struck out six and walked two.

Michigan hung tough, despite playing just 12 hours after losing to Oklahoma. Michigan's Sierra Romero said the quick turnaround was no excuse.

"We're college students," she said. "We stay up that late sometimes. … We've conditioned all year for this, and it just didn't fall our way."

Megan Betsa threw 133 pitches against Oklahoma, then allowed just one hit against Florida State.

In the third, FSU's Morgan Klaevemann walked, former Alonso High star Jessica Warren reached on a fielder's choice and moved Klaevemann to second. Alex Powers walked to load the bases and Klaevemann scored on a wild pitch.

"Being able to pass on a little bobble or overthrow — just — you're always looking for those things, and you wish for them to happen and beg for them to happen," Klaevemann said. "So when it does, you want to take advantage of it all the way and execute when those things do happen."

Michigan (52-7) got two runners on with two outs in the top of the sixth, but Burroughs got out of it with a groundout.

In other games, Chamberlain High graduate Bianka Bell hit two home runs as LSU beat Georgia 4-1 in an elimination game. Bell hit a two-run homer in the first inning and a solo homer in the fifth off Georgia starter Chelsea Wilkinson. The Tigers (52-17) faced Oklahoma late Sunday needing a win to stay alive.

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