Georgia and Auburn earn WCWS victories
OKLAHOMA CITY >> Somehow, Georgia keeps pulling upsets.
An unearned run in the top of the seventh inning gave the Bulldogs a 5-4 win over Florida State on Thursday in the Women's College World Series.
Georgia, the lowest seed in the series, took advantage of seven errors by the Seminoles that tied a World Series record. The way Georgia scored the winning run was fitting — Cortni Emanuel reached on an error, stole second, advanced to third on an error and scored when Alyssa DiCarlo grounded out.
The 16th-seeded Bulldogs (46-18), who got to Oklahoma City by knocking off No. 1 seed Florida in the Super Regionals, provided enough support for pitcher Chelsea Wilkinson.
"I can't say enough about my offense and my defense just having my back," Wilkinson said. "We pick each other up. Some days our pitching just shuts them down, and some days we have to keep hitting and that's exactly what they did."
The eighth-seeded Seminoles (53-9) committed just one error in five NCAA Tournament games before Thursday.
"I don't know the last time we've put errors like that up on the board, but yet still have a chance in the sixth and seventh," Florida State coach Lonni Alameda said. "So I think there's a lot of positive things we can pull from it, and now it's just really understanding the pitch-by-pitch in process part at the highest level. I think that's the one challenge that's up for us right now."
Florida State scored in the first inning when Jessica Warren knocked the ball over the center-field fence to make it 2-0. Georgia rallied with two unearned runs in the second, and the Bulldogs got their bats going in the third when DiCarlo and Tina Iosefa hit RBI singles to give Georgia a 4-2 lead.
Florida State's Alex Powers cranked a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to tie it before the Seminoles' mistakes finally caught up with them in the top of the seventh.
Wilkinson put down Seminoles in order in the bottom of the seventh.
"When she was mixing her speeds and spinning the ball, just did an outstanding job, and I was really proud of her for wanting that last out of the game," Georgia coach Lu Harris-Champer said.
Florida State's Jessica Burroughs, the Atlantic Coach Conference pitcher of the year, was pulled in the top of the third when she allowed singles to the first two batters. Meghan King got the loss in relief.
The Seminoles say they will be ready for their elimination game Saturday.
"The one game doesn't reflect the journey of the season, of the team," Alameda said. "We just got caught up in the emotional part of it, and I'm pretty certain we'll bounce back and be better for it."
Auburn 10, UCLA 3
Jade Rhodes had three hits and scored twice to help Auburn beat UCLA 10-3 on Thursday on the opening day of action at the Women's College World Series.
Auburn scored five runs on just one hit in the bottom of the first inning. Four Tigers players were hit by pitches, and three of them scored. The lone hit was a double by Kasey Cooper, who later scored.
The Tigers (55-10) extended their lead to 7-0 in the third when Emily Carosone's single knocked in two runs.
UCLA (40-15-1) made it a game when Mysha Sataraka hit a three-run homer in the top of the fourth, her 14th blast of the season. Auburn scored once in the fourth and twice in the sixth to pull away.
The game was a rematch of last year's world series showdown, when Auburn beat UCLA 11-10 in 10 innings to eliminate the Bruins.
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