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Offbeat Florida State tops Washington to win first WCWS title

06:06  06 june  2018
06:06  06 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

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On Monday night, Florida State 's star third baseman made perhaps the play of her career, a diving catch and throw for a double play that helped preserve a 1 -0 win over Washington in Game She had three hits, including a homer, and Florida State beat Washington 8-3 to claim its first national title .

This marks Florida State 's first national championship in its 10th trip to the WCWS , and the Atlantic Coast Conference's first title as well. The Seminoles became the first team in DI history to win the title after losing on the first day of the NCAA tournament. FSU won a total of six games en route to

Florida State catcher Anna Shelnutt (13) celebrates her home run as she runs toward her teammates waiting at home plate in the first inning of the second game of the best-of-three championship series against Washington in the NCAA softball Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, June 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)© The Associated Press Florida State catcher Anna Shelnutt (13) celebrates her home run as she runs toward her teammates waiting at home plate in the first inning of the second game of the best-of-three championship series against Washington in the NCAA softball Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, June 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) OKLAHOMA CITY — Pitcher Meghan King settled down after a rough start to complete a record-setting Women's College World Series, and Florida State beat Washington 8-3 on Tuesday night to claim its first national title.

The Seminoles (58-12) won the best-of-three championship series 2-0. They lost their opener before winning six straight to become just the third team to come through the losers' bracket and take the title.

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  Defending champ Gators top seed in NCAA baseball tournament Defending national champion Florida is the No. 1 seed in the NCAA baseball tournament. The Gators are the first program to be a top seed three times. Play begins Friday in 16 regionals. Winners advance to eight best-of-three super regionals. Those winners move on to the College World Series in Omaha. The NCAA seeded 16 teams for the first time. There had been eight seeds previously.Stanford is the No. 2 seed, followed by Oregon State, Mississippi, Arkansas, North Carolina, Florida State and Georgia.Seeds nine through 16 are Texas Tech, Clemson, Stetson, East Carolina, Texas, Minnesota, Coastal Carolina and North Carolina State.

On Monday night, Florida State ’s third baseman made perhaps the play of her career, a diving catch and throw for a double play that helped preserve a 1 -0 win over Washington in Game 1 of She had three hits, including a homer, and Florida State beat Washington 8-3 to claim its first national title .

On Monday night, Florida State 's star third baseman made perhaps the play of her career, a diving catch and throw for a double play that helped preserve a 1 -0 win over Washington in Game She had three hits, including a homer, and Florida State beat Washington 8-3 to claim its first national title .

King broke a World Series record for lowest ERA among pitchers who threw at least 10 innings with a mark of 0.20. She earned four wins and a save in Oklahoma City while allowing just one earned run in 34 1/3 innings.

King was on such a run that Florida State's ace throughout the season, Kylee Hanson, never had to pitch in the championship series.

Washington (52-10), one of four Pac-12 teams to reach the World Series, was undefeated outside of the conference until the two losses to Florida State.

The Huskies got the only earned run off King early. Taylor Van Zee led off the game with a single, advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on a bunt by Sis Bates. Washington then took advantage of an error, a passed ball and a double after miscommunication to take a 3-0 lead.

Ana Shelnutt, who homered on Monday for the game's only run, started the Seminoles' rally with a two-out, two-run homer in the first.

Florida State got more in the second when Elizabeth Mason singled and two runs scored with help from an error in right field. Jessie Warren's RBI single later in the inning pushed the Seminoles' lead to 5-3.

Mason's two-run homer in the fourth made it 7-3, and Warren hit a solo shot in the same inning to make it 8-3.

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The College World Series field is set and the eight teams will start playing in Omaha on Saturday, June 16. The excitement kicks off on Saturday at 2 p.m. CT when Oregon State will face North Carolina. Later that night at 7 p.m. CT, Washington and Mississippi State will play. This is Washington's first College World Series appearance in program history.Games will continue on Sunday as Arkansas plays Texas at 1 p.m. CT and Texas Tech faces Florida at 6 p.m. CT Florida was the last team to join the field in Omaha after a dramatic walk-off home run in the 11th inning against Auburn on Monday night.

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