Florida State softball beats Georgia, advances to Women's College World Series
Florida State softball is going back to the Women’s College World Series.
The No. 3 Noles defeated No. 14 Georgia 4-2 on Friday night, sweeping the Tallahassee regional and punching their ticket to Oklahoma City.
Kalei Harding got the big hit for Florida State in this one. Harding hit a 1-out, 2-RBI double in the 3rd inning to give Florida State a 3-0 lead. Hallie Wacaser also delivered a crucial RBI single in the 6th inning.
Georgia had its chances in this game. The Bulldogs had 2 runners on base with no outs in the 6th inning, trailing 4-2. However, Kathryn Sandercock, pitching in relief, was able to record 3 consecutive outs to end the inning.
Sandercock also pitched the 7th inning and faced more traffic on the base paths. Georgia had runners on 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs in the inning. Lyndi Rae Davis flew out to left field to end the game.
Here’s video of the final out and ensuing celebration:
GOING BACK WHERE WE BELONG#Team40 pic.twitter.com/rAByOwV4ne
— Florida State Softball 🥎 (@FSU_Softball) May 27, 2023
Georgia was looking for its 2nd trip to Oklahoma City in the past 3 seasons. The Bulldogs have reached that stage 5 times in program history.
This is Florida State’s 2nd consecutive trip to the Women’s College World Series. It’s the first time FSU has made it to the WCWS in back-to-back seasons since 1990-93.
Florida State is the first team to clinch a spot in the Women’s College World Series this postseason. It will be the program’s 12th all-time WCWS appearance.