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Seminoles shutout in World Series opener, 4-0, against UCLA

Kathryn Sandercock throws a pitch during the 2021 Women's College World Series.
Kathryn Sandercock throws a pitch during the 2021 Women's College World Series.(Florida State Athletics)
Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 12:14 AM EDT
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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (WCTV) - The Florida State Seminoles put base runners on in five innings and left six runners on base as they fell in their first game of the 2021 Women’s College World Series, 4-0, against the UCLA Bruins Thursday night in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

FSU will now take on the Arizona Wildcats, who fell to the Alabama Crimson Tide, 5-1, earlier on Thursday, on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in an elimination game in the loser’s bracket.

The Bruins and Crimson Tide will meet Friday night.

UCLA scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the fifth inning, taking advantage of a rare defensive miscue by the FSU infield.

With one out in the inning, Kinsley Washington chopped a ball to deep second base to Devyn Flaherty, who made a good recovery to keep the ball in the infield, but rushed the throw to first base, allowing the ball to get away from Elizabeth Mason and sending Washington to second on the throwing error.

After an infield pop up Anna Vines chopped another ball to deep second, this one at the second base bag, but Flaherty again wasn’t quick enough on the throw. As the throw went to first, Washington rounded third and came in to score as Mason’s throw home was wide of the plate, giving the Bruins the game’s first lead at 1-0.

The Bruins came back with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Aaliyah Jordon worked a one-out single to set the table for an RBI double from Delaine Wisz, making for a 2-0 UCLA lead and ending the evening for Florida State starter Kathryn Sandercock (L, 24-3).

Danielle Watson came into the game in relief of Sandercock and surrendered a two-out, two-run home run to Maya Brady to push the Bruins lead to 4-0.

UCLA starter Rachel Garcia (W, 18-1) shut down the bottom third of the FSU line up in order in the seventh to seal the deal and move the Bruins on in the winners bracket.

FSU put runners on in each of the first four innings, leaving runners on base in three of those frames and leaving multiple runners on in the second and fourth innings. The Seminoles did not have multiple runners on base at any point in the game without two outs.

Sandercock was good in the losing effort, going 5.2 innings and allowing five hits, three runs (two earned) while striking out six and walking just one.

Garcia struck out 11 Seminole hitters and scattered five hits in her seven innings of work while issuing two walks on 112 total pitches. Her shutout on Thursday pushed the UCLA pitching staff to 21.0 consecutive scoreless innings, dating back to the Los Angeles Super Regional.

Four Seminoles had multi-strikeout evenings and no FSU base runner made it to third.

While no FSU player had a multi-hit game, three did reach base safely multiple times: Kayle Mudge (walk, single), Devyn Flaherty (fielder’s choice, single) and Dani Morgan (single, walk).

Thursday’s loss marked the ninth time FSU has lost their opening game of a Women’s College World Series.

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