Tampa Bay players power FSU to softball World Series final

Published June 3 2018
Updated June 3 2018

Florida State beat UCLA twice Sunday in the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, advancing to face Washington in the best-of-three championship series starting Monday night (7, ESPN).

Elizabeth Mason, a freshman from Gaither, hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning in FSU's initial 3-1 victory, and Jessie Warren, a former Alonso standout, went 3-for-3 with a home run in the decisive 12-6 victory. Cassie Davis, from Newsome, pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief to help keep the Bruins at bay in the second game.

Warren has 82 career home runs, tied for ninth all time in the NCAA with Michigan's Sierra Romero (2012-15. Warren's 271 RBIs are eighth all time.

The Seminoles (56-12) have never played for a national championship.

FSU  lost its World Series opener to UCLA, then stayed alive by beating Georgia and Oregon to get to Sunday's play. In Saturday night's 4-1 win over Oregon, Mason had two RBIs.

"Outstanding fight out of the team," said FSU  coach Lonni Alameda. "Trusting in all of our core values that we create the foundation of in the fall and seeing that come out was amazing. The competition on the field was very high level and we were taking punches and throwing punches all day long. Being committed to the next play the next pitch and fighting for each other as a family. We had played UCLA on Thursday, so that helped us to be smart and aggressive in our opportunities today and I am so thrilled for this team and this program. Excited about the next step with Washington."

Washington eliminated two-time defending champion Oklahoma with a 3-0 win Sunday. The Huskies have one national title, in 2009 when they swept Florida in the championship round.