Seminoles Bats Overwhelm Tennessee in Wcws Semifinals

OKLAHOMA CITY – a historic season for the Lady Vols ended Monday night in the Women’s College World Series when they fell to third-place Florida State, 5-1, in the national semifinals at OGE Energy Field.

Tennessee finished the season 51-10, crossing the 50-win mark for the first time since 2013. The Lady Vols season included winning the SEC regular season and tournament titles in the same year for the first time in program history.

UT reached the national semifinals for the first time since 2013. The trip to WCWS was the first since 2015 and the eighth in the program’s history.

Senior Payton Gottshall started for Tennessee in the circle, pitching 3.1 innings and allowing two runs on five hits. She was relieved by rookie Karlyn Pickens, who completed two innings with two strikeouts. She dropped out of a race on a sudden.

Graduate Ashley Rogers pitched 1.2 innings in the competition and fanned a batter. She allowed two runs on two hits. Gottshall returned to finish the competition and pitched the final inning. They suffered the loss and finished the Season 16-2.

Florida State (58-9) passed the ball to Mack Leonard, who pitched two innings and allowed one run to one. Makenna Reid fought back in relief for two innings and recorded two strikeouts, two walks and allowed only one hit. Reid got the win and is 13-0 on the year.

Kathryn Sandercock pitched the final three innings, giving up only one hit and striking out four. She deserves the rescue – her 10th in 2023.

Zaida Puni opened the scoring Monday night by hitting a home run into the opposite field in the bottom of the first. The home run was their first in the WCWS and sixth in the NCAA Tournament.

Florida State responded with two solo shots in the second and third. Michaela Edenfield tied the game with a home run to left in the second inning, while Bethaney Keen homered to right, giving FSU a lead in the third inning.

The Seminoles extended their lead with a fifth-round run as Jahni Kerr singled off Autumn Belviy – extending FSU’s lead to 3-1.

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