NCAA softball tournament 2018: Florida State earns first Women’s College World Series title

Florida State claimed the 2018 Women’s College World Series on Tuesday with an 8-3 victory over Washington in Game 2 of the best-of-three championship series.

FSU rallied from a 3-0 first-inning deficit, scoring twice in the first, three times in the second and three more times in the fourth.

Seminoles starter Meghan King held the Huskies to no runs and three hits over the final six innings. She even had a hand in the final out as she fielded a comebacker and threw to first base.

The Seminoles won Game 1, 1-0, on Monday. King’s shutout pitching, Anna Shelnutt’s sixth-inning home run and Jessie Warren’s highlight-reel defensive play made the difference. 

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SN provided live updates of Game 2 of the Women’s College World Series championship round, which is taking place in Oklahoma City (all times Eastern):

Women’s College World Series 2018: Scores, highlights of Washington vs. Florida State

FINAL SCORE: Florida State 8, Washington 3

10:27 p.m.: No more outs away: King retires the Huskies in order in the seventh. The championship trophy is headed to Tallahassee. Warren was named the WCWS’s Most Outstanding Player.

10:07 p.m.: The Seminoles are three outs away after King puts up another zero in the sixth.

10:03 p.m.: FSU fails to score in the fifth. King and Co. will look to record three more outs in the sixth.

9:46 p.m.: King retires the top of the UW order 1-2-3. FSU is six outs away and leading 8-3.

9:34 p.m.: The rout is on. Warren greets Plain with a long home run to center to make it 8-3. Florida State is nine outs away from its first NCAA softball championship.

9:26 p.m.: Mason hits a line-drive, two-run homer to straightaway center, giving the Seminoles a 7-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth. That’s all for Alvelo; Gabbie Plain will take over in the circle. Alvelo allowed seven runs (six earned) and seven hits over 3 1/3 innings.

9:15 p.m.: Washington loads the bases with two outs in the top of the fourth but fails to score. FSU still leads 5-3.

9:02 p.m.: Alvelo retires three in a row after allowing a leadoff double to Syndey Sherrill: FSU 5, Washington 3 after three. The double was Sherrill’s 29th, tying the NCAA single-season record.

8:52 p.m.: King has retired her last nine batters after working a 1-2-3 top of the third.

8:47 p.m.: Annnnnd just like that, FSU takes the lead in the bottom of the second. Elizabeth Mason ties the game with a one-out RBI single, and an error by Washington’s right fielder on the play allows the go-ahead run to score and move Mason to third. Warren follows with an RBI single past a drawn-in infield. It’s Seminoles 5, Huskies 3 after two.

8:32 p.m.: King works a 1-2-3 second inning.

8:25 p.m.: Shelnutt does it again. After taking a borderline two-strike pitch for a ball, the Seminoles catcher hammers the next offering from Huskies starter Taran Alvelo over the center-field wall for a two-out, two-run homer. It’s 3-2, Washington, after one.

8:10 p.m.: Great start for the Huskies against a shaky Seminoles squad: Taylor Van Zee leads off the game with a single, moves to second base on a passed ball and then scores on a throwing error by third baseman Jessie Warren. The run snaps King’s 33 1/3-inning scoreless streak. A miscommunication on a popup to shallow right field leads to a gift double that puts runners on second and third with no outs. A sacrifice fly and an RBI groundout give the Huskies a 3-0 lead five batters into the game.

8:05 p.m.: First, a reminder of the one play from Game 1 that had everyone talking:

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