WATCH: Florida State softball head coach Lonni Alameda speaks before the flight to Oklahoma City
Florida State head coach Lonni Alameda speaks before the team’s flight to Oklahoma City on May 30, 2023, at Tallahassee International Airport.
Jack Williams, Democrat from Tallahassee
- The eight-team Women’s College World Series is underway in Oklahoma City.
- Florida State must avoid two losses in the bracket game to advance to the championship series.
Florida state softball is scheduled to kick off the 2023 NCAA Women’s College Softball World Series on Thursday.
The Seminoles (55-9) begin the double-elimination tournament with a matchup against No. 6 Oklahoma State (46-14) at 7 pm Thursday (ESPN). Please scroll down or click here for the latest updates.
The Cowgirls won two of three games against FSU on March 10-12 in Stillwater, Oklahoma earlier this season. OSU leads the all-time series 14-12. The Seminoles had won four straight in the series before the back-to-back losses to lose the series.
FSU won its only softball championship in 2018 and finished as runner-up in 2021. It is the second-highest seed left standing after UCLA lost in the Los Angeles Regional.
The Seminoles finished 3-1 with wins against Marist, UCF, and South Carolina to win the Tallahassee Regional. Kathryn Sandercock delivered a perfect game against the Gamecocks following a loss earlier in the day to win that championship.
FSU then swept Georgia in two games in the Super Regional to advance to their 12th WCWS.
The Cowgirls went 3-0 in the Stillwater Regional before sweeping Oregon 2-0 in the Stillwater Super Regional.
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After a weather delay of one hour and 14 minutes before first pitch, we’re in another weather delay with lighting in the area at the top of the third inning.
The umpires sent the OSU and FSU players off the field at 9:09 p.m. with a minimum delay of 30 minutes due to lightning.
The Cowgirls had one out in the inning with leadoff hitter Rachel Becker at the plate at the time of the delay.
FSU had a 2-0 lead at the time of the delay thanks to a two-run home run by Michaela Edenfield.
After giving up a two-run home run to Michaela Edenfield in the first inning, Kelly Maxwell rallied to retire the top two batters in the bottom of the second in pop-ups to second and first, respectively.
She walked Katie Dack on a 3-2 count with two outs, similar to how the first inning played out. But she induced a groundout to third base with Josie Muffley’s bat to get out of the inning.
End 2nd | FSU 2, OSU 0
Micaela Wark led off the inning with an E5 from third baseman Kalei Harding. Kathryn Sandercock rallied by having Katelynn Carwile swing on an inside ball for the first out.
The FSU ace then walked Morgan Wynne, but got out of a potential jam by inducing a fly out to shortstop and a foul behind the third-base line.
Sandercock walked one batter, but also induced a lot of changeups on pitches out of the zone. OSU’s lineup seems lopsided so far.
2nd half | FSU 2, OSU 0
Catcher Michaela Edenfield caught a first pitch she could handle, hitting the ball for a two-run homer no doubt to give FSU a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
It was Edenfield’s second home run of the season off OSU ace Kelly Maxwell.
Three-hole hitter Kalei Harding was walked on a two-out complete count to bring in Edenfield.
Kaley Mudge struck out swinging to start the bottom of the first. Maxwell made Jahni Kerr swing on a nasty curveball that broke away from Kerr. Maxwell rallied to strike out Devyn Flaherty to end the first.
End 1º | FSU 2, OSU 0
Kathryn Sandercock fired a first-pitch strike at 8:20 pm It was 75 degrees and mostly sunny.
He struck out Rachel Becker, who entered with a .449 batting average, on three pitches. Two-hole batter Chyenne Factor grounded out to second baseman Devyn Flaherty.
Sandercock ended the first inning by striking out Kiley Naomi.
Medium 1 | FSU 0, OSU 0
Rachel Becker, 2B
Chyenne Factor, FC
Kiley Naomi, SS
Micaela Wark, 1B
Katelynn Carwile, R.F.
Morgan Wynne, D.P.
Tallen Edwards, L.F.
Megan Bloodworth, 3B
Kelly Maxwell, P.
Here’s the Florida State Seminoles starting lineup
Kaley Mudge, FL
Jahni Kerr, CF
Kalei Harding, 3B
Michaela Edenfield, C.
Devyn Flaherty, 2B
Mack Leonard, 1B
Hallie Wacaser, R.F.
Katie Dack, DP
Josie Muffley, SS
Kathryn Sandercock, P.
And now there is a start time. FSU and OSU softball will begin their WCWS matchup at 8:20 pm EST.
That will put a delay of just over an hour due to weather and lightning in the area.
According to Scott Wright of The Oklahoman, the tarp is being removed from the field. No start time announced yet.
The FSU-OSU game was scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
The Sooners and Seminoles won’t start their matchup on time as the game has gone into a weather delay before first pitch.
Stay tuned for updates.
There is a sense of familiarity between these two teams. They played three games earlier this season and will meet for the 11th time in the postseason.
“I think for us to play at Florida State is an interesting thing,” OSU head coach Kenny Gajewski said. “We played them three times this year. We played them two or three times last year and the year before. We know them well, they know us well.”
Where is the Women’s College World Series?
USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
What time is the FSU softball game?
7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 1
What channel is FSU softball on?
ESPN (Channel 206 on DirecTV, Channel 140 on Dish)
Where can I stream Florida State Softball?
ESPN+ ($9.99 per month), WatchESPN (cable subscription required) and the ESPN App, YouTube TV (2-week free trial), Hulu + Live TV (7-day free trial), fuboTV (7-day free trial)