Things got started Saturday with Arizona State going up against defending two-time champions Oklahoma. Paige Parker went the complete game in a 2 hit 2-0 win that eliminated Arizona State and had Oklahoma moving on to face Florida.
Once again Paige Parker got the start against Florida’s Kelly Barnhill. It didn’t take long though for Oklahoma to get to her when with one out, Jocelyn Alo hit a home run. It was her 30th of the year and tied her for the NCAA freshman single-season home run record. After a lead-off walk in the third Florida decided to make the change and brought in Aleshia Ocasio who gave up one run in the fifth. The way Florida has been hammering the ball you would have thought that they could have gotten more then two runs but Parker shut them down once again only giving up two hits in the game and getting her second win of the day. So that knocked Florida out of the playoffs and moves Oklahoma on to play Washington on Sunday, where they must beat them twice to move on to the finals.
On the other side of the bracket it was Florida State going up against Georgia. Meghan King got the start for FSU while Mary Wilson Avant took the ball for Georgia. FSU had a 4-0 lead going in to the 5th inning before Georgia finally got on the board when with two base runners on Ciara Bryan hit a ball to deep right field that hit off the wall, scoring two base runners. FSU answered back tough in the bottom of the inning getting two runs of their own and adding one more in the sixth to bring the final score to 7-2.So Georgia is gone and FSU moved on to play Oregon in the last game of the day.
It looked like a tough chore for FSU going up against the #1 seed but they were up to the task. Oregon’s pitching just never could get on track, their fielding wasn’t good and their bats just couldn’t get to Kylee Hanson who pitched a strong game going 6.1 innings before Meghan King came in to get the final two outs and make sure that Oregon didn’t rally back like UCLA done to them. The final game score was 4-1 FSU. So the #1 seed Oregon is done while the Seminoles move on and will get a rematch with UCLA on Sunday.