Game 1: Georgia 5, Florida State 4
-- by Joe Billi
The ballgame started off sizzling for the Seminoles, Jessica Warren crushed in an early two runs with a home run in the first inning, but that would be the only action they saw for a while. The Seminoles had difficulty controlling the ball and the bobbled balls led to a strong Georgia response. Tina Iosefa, Alex Hugo, Maeve McGuire, and Katie Browne would go on to tag team the second inning to answering the Seminoles' two runs with two of their own.
Later on, the Emanuel sisters, Alyssa DiCarlo, and Samantha LaZear would bring the Bulldogs ahead by two in the third. After a very even fourth and fifth inning, the game began to come alive again in the sixth when Alex Powers hit the Noles' second home run of the day to drive in Warren and tie the game at 4-4.
The last inning would be a relatively exciting one. With the game tied, Cortni Emanuel would prove to be the team's hero in the seventh as she would get on base from a shortstop's error and go on to steal second and third base after an overthrown ball from the catcher to second. With Emanuel on third, DiCarlo stepped to the plate and grounded out to the shortstop with what should have been and was an easy out. However, Emanuel took off for home as the ball was thrown to first and and narrowly avoided the double play at home to give the Bulldogs the edge.
Going forward, both FSU and Georgia need to remain focused when in the lead and if the Seminoles stand any chance of advancing they'll need to limit the silly errors. For now, the SEC and TSK take home the victory as the Dawgs win their Day 1 affair, 5-4.
Game 2: Auburn 10, UCLA 3
Auburn roared its way into the next round of the Women's College World Series with an emphatic 10-3 victory over the UCLA Bruins on Thursday afternoon.
The Tigers jumped all over the Bruins right from the ump as they plated five runs across the first inning. The first came on a Jade Rhodes HBP that scored Tiffany Howard. After a sac fly and yet another HBP later in the inning, Victoria Draper reached on an error that brought Rhodes and Madi Gipson home to score.
Emily Carosone would later bring two runs home to score in the third inning with a single. Draper and Tiffany Howard would be the ones to come across to push the lead up to 7-0 at that point. Any doubt of a run rule scenario was put away however in the ensuing inning after Mysha Sataraka hit a three-run homer to put the Bruins on the board.
Later runs would be driven in by Haley Fagan, Whitney Jordan and National Player of the Year candidate Kasey Cooper who also hit two doubles at the dish in Thursday's contest. Pitcher Kaylee Carlson meanwhile had a stout performance on the hill. Throwing a complete game, Carlson omitted just seven hits and three earned runs while striking out two and issuing two walks.
Auburn will now face fellow SEC peer Georgia tomorrow night.