Three years after winning the NCAA championship in softball for the first time, Florida State is heading back to the championship round after the Seminoles beat Alabama 8-5 Monday in Oklahoma City.
Three years ago when Florida State won the national championship in softball, they started play at the Women’s College World Series with a loss to UCLA. Then the Noles didn’t lose the rest of the tournament. This year, FSU started the series with a loss to UCLA. They haven’t lost since.
Florida State came out swinging on Monday.
In the first inning, Elizabeth Mason launched a three-run home run to put the Seminoles up 3-0 in the first inning. It was her ninth home run of the year, tying for the team lead.
After adding a run in the second, Florida State kept the pressure on in the third. Kalei Harding singled through the left side, scoring Dani Morgan scores and Devyn Flaherty, giving Florida State a 6-0 edge.
The next batter, Kaley Mudge singled past the infield scoring Harding to give Florida State a 7-0 lead. FSU would build an 8-0 lead before Alabama would wake up.
The Crimson Tide scored two runs in the third, then three more in the fifth to cut the Noles’ lead to 8-5.
Florida State will play in the championship round of the Women’s College World Series where they will face No. 1 ranked Oklahoma. Game one of the best of three series is Tuesday night at 7:30.