Florida State has long been known for its football program, but on Tuesday it staked its claim at the top of the college softball world.
After facing an early deficit, the Seminoles scored 8 unanswered runs en route to an 8-3 win over Washington, completing a two-game sweep in the championship round of the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City and securing the program’s first title.
The Seminoles trailed 3-0 in the top of the first before an Anna Shelnutt 2-run homer in the bottom of the inning. One-out singles by Elizabeth Mason and Jessie Warren in the second, put them ahead 5-3. Mason added a 2-run homer of her own in the fourth before Warren, who was named the series MVP, added a solo shot to stretch the margin to 8-3 in the fourth.
Meghan King shook off a shaky first inning to go the distance for Florida State, allowing 3 runs (one earned — her only earned run allowed in 34⅓ innings pitched during the Women’s College World Series) and 5 hits while striking out 4 and walking none.