LIVE UPDATES: Alabama 0 - Seminoles 2 (FINAL)
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (WCTV) - A spot in the Women’s College World Series Championship Series is on the line for the Florida State Seminoles as they’ll need to win twice against the Alabama Crimson Tide to keep their season alive.
This is the second time today, technically, that the Seminoles will take the diamond after a 12:51 a.m. ET first pitch earlier this morning came for the Noles in their elimination game against Oklahoma City.
In that game, it was the first time in OKC that the Noles were able to set the pace offensively, using a three-run third inning to put themselves ahead early in a 4-2 win.
The only thing standing in between FSU and the best-of-three championship series is an Alabama Crimson Tide team that boasts a juggernaut in the circle in Montana Fouts.
Fouts spun a perfect game Friday night against UCLA in both team’s first winners-bracket game and has pitched all 14.0 Alabama innings of the WCWS so far, with just two hits and one run allowed and 30 strikeouts.
FSU has won six straight elimination games in Oklahoma City and they’ll need a couple of more today if they want to play for a second championship.
Below will be a running a live blog of tonight’s game. We’ll have score updates, analysis, stray observations and thoughts. For up-to-the-minute updates and analysis, be sure you’re following myself and WCTV Sports on Twitter.
First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN.
FINAL - FLORIDA STATE 2 - ALABAMA 0
It’s seven-straight wins in elimination games for the Seminoles, who end Alabama’s 20-game winning streak.
We’ll see you at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Thanks for joining us tonight - go enjoy what’s left of your weekend. Tonight’s recap is here.
End of 6 - 2-0, FSU
The Seminoles get themselves an insurance run on Josie Muffley’s second hit in OKC and her first RBI of the postseason, as she singles in Dani Morgan, who set the table the previous at bat with a two-out triple.
Sandercock in to close this one out and send this to a series-decider tomorrow.
Middle 6 - 1-0, FSU
1-2-3 goes the Tide offense in the top of the sixth.
End of 5 - 1-0, FSU
We have runs!
Sydney Sherrill fought back from being down 0-2 with the bases loaded and two outs to work a walk to score Dani Morgan and make it a 1-0 Seminoles lead.
Morgan reached on an infield single, Ana Shelnutt roped a single into left and Kaley Mudge singled to SS on a ball played a little to lazily by Taylor Clark.
It was an impressive at bat for Sherrill, who took every non-strike pitch either right off the plate or right below the knees.
This game is now in Sandercock’s hands.
Middle 5 - 0-0
The day is over for Caylan Arnold, who labored for the first time tonight by putting two on with just one out with a one-out single and a hit batter. After striking out Kilfoyle, who came in to pinch-hit, she was lifted for Kathryn Sandercock, who got a groundout to end the inning.
Arnold’s day is done: 4.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 5 K, 74 pitches
End of 4 - 0-0
Kilfoyl is starting to feel it: She strikes out the side in the bottom of the fourth inning and has struck out four of the last five batters she’s faced overall.
No score through four.
Middle 4 - 0-0
A leadoff walk is no issue for Arnold, who closes the frame by striking out her forth batter of the game.
End of 3 - 0-0
FSU is retired in order for the first time tonight. Kilfoyl doing a much better job of finding the strike zone and getting FSU hitters to bite on pitches out of the zone over the last couple of innings.
Middle 3 - 0-0
Caylan Arnold has seen six batters and retired six batters since this game restarted.
One quick note to pass along if you’re not able to watch the ESPN2 broadcast - This will be the only game FSU plays today, win or lose. If they win, the deciding game will take place some time tomorrow (most likely) and the Championship Series will move to start Tuesday.
Just in case you were wondering if we’re in for another midnight game.
End of 2 - 0-0
Lexi Kilfoyl looked sharper in that inning, getting two strikeouts and a pop up. But, she did surrender a hit to Josie Muffley, the first of the WCWS for the Seminole shortstop, but she’s left stranded.
FSU has ended each inning with a runner on base so far tonight.
Middle 2 - 0-0
No rust for Caylan Arnold, who gets a strikeout, flyout and a pop up in foul territory to retire the Tide side in order.
End of 1 - 0-0
Every FSU hitter so far today has seen a three-ball count, but Lexi Kilfoyl strikes out Cassidy Davis looking on a change up on the outside corner. to strand Elizabeth Mason at first, who reached on a fielder’s choice.
Bottom 1 - 0-0
After a two hour, 36 minute delay, we are back in action.
We have some good news - the tarp has come off the field!
A start time is unknown, but it’s progress.
Bottom 1 - DELAY, 0-0
We are in a weather delay in the middle of the second batter of the first inning.
It’s been an eventful 16 pitches in the inning: Kilfoyl has struggled to get strikes, both with finding the strikezone and getting the first two FSU hitters to chase pitches.
Kaley Mudge opened things up with a walk and attempted (and technically succeeded) in stealing second base, but left the first-base bag early and was called out.
On that attempted steal, Sydney Sherrill took a ball three and took another pitch outside of the zone on the subsequent pitch following Mudge’s attempted steal, but the original ball three didn’t count, so her count is 3-1.
But, none of that truly matters now because we are in yet another weather delay in OKC.
Middle 1, 0-0
SEC player of the year Bailey Hemphill reached as the game’s first base runner on an infield single to Josie Muffley, who did a good job of keeping the ball in the dirt, but she’s left there as Arnold gets a fly out, a strikeout and a lineout.
No score after three outs.
It’s official: The Noles avoid Montana Fouts. For the time being, at least.
Alabama will throw Florida native Lexi Kilfoyl while the Seminoles will match with Caylan Arnold, who started yesterday’s first game against Arizona.
The rest of the lineup:
A change at the bottom of the order for FSU: Kalei Harding slides to the nine-spot as Josie Muffley moves to the seven-hole.
Good afternoon one and all, and welcome to Elimination Sunday. FSU needs two wins over Alabama to advance to the Championship Series, while the Tide need to roll just once to clinch their spot to play tomorrow.
I’m getting settled in with the OU/JMU game on, which I turned on right as the Dukes hit a game-tying three-run blast.
During the OU/JMU broadcast, the announcers said that the Noles wont face Fouts, at least not at first - Land O’ Lakes native Lexi Kilfoyl will reportedly get the start for the Tide, marking her first trip to the circle in OKC this year.
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