The No. 10 Florida State Seminoles softball team has a simple mission — win and go home.
Florida State finds itself in the driver’s seat of the Women’s College World Series after taking Game 1 of the Finals, 8-4, against the No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners. Now, winning one of the next two will put them back on the top of the softball world for the first time since 2018.
After a quiet start to game one, the Seminoles busted out to a seven-run lead thanks to a five-run, two-out rally in the fourth. OU answered with back-to-back home runs in the bottom half, and a two-RBI single in the sixth, but the Sooners wouldn’t get any closer.
In her first start since May 8, Danielle Watson kept the vaunted Oklahoma offense in check over 5.2 innings to earn the win. The Seminoles’ ace Kathryn Sandercock got the last 4 outs to secure the save and put FSU on the brink of a title.
The bats have come alive at the right time, as well, thanks in large part to Kaley Mudge, who recorded three hits in game one and is now tied for the most hits in a single WCWS.
But last night belonged to Kalei Harding. The freshman went 3-for-4 with the two-run home run to left that opened the scoring and an RBI-single that closed it in the seventh.
TV: 7:00 p.m. on ESPN.