Locals lead the way for FSU in women’s College World Series

Jessica Warren's mighty bat continues to be a difference maker for Florida State. (Courtesy of FSU Athletics)
Jessica Warren's mighty bat continues to be a difference maker for Florida State. (Courtesy of FSU Athletics)
Published June 4 2018

Florida State had a difficult — and long — road to make the championship series of the Women's College World Series for the first time.

After losing their opening game to UCLA, the Seminoles had to win out to get to the final. FSU did just that, beating Georgia, Oregon and UCLA twice.

Sunday's sweep of the Bruins was led by local stars.

Elizabeth Mason, a former standout at Gaither, hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning of the first game. That blast was the difference as the Seminoles won 3-1.

In the second game, former Alonso standout Jessica Warren hit a two-run homer to help ignite the offense. Warren now has 82 home runs in her career, moving her into a tie for ninth in NCAA history. Her two RBIs on that second inning shot also increased her career total to 271, eighth-best in NCAA history.

Warren finished 3-for-3. She also made a few key defensive plays, including a double play in the sixth inning.

Cassidy Davis, who led Newsome to a state title three years ago, came in as a relief pitcher in the sixth inning. She was part of a double play in the fifth inning.

Afterward, Warren fell to the ground, relishing the moment.

A national title would put the finishing touches on Warren's remarkable career.

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