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Davis smashes two HRs as FSU moves into winner’s bracket

Cassidy Davis delivered two big home runs, the second one providing a pair of insurance runs late. And now Florida State can get some rest and prepare for a winner’s bracket game on Sunday.

Davis hit a solo home run in the fifth and added a two-run home run in the seventh as the Seminoles defeated UCF 3-0 on Saturday afternoon. The Seminoles won’t need to play another game on Saturday.

“Definitely, when it was 0-0, we knew one swing had the potential to change the game,” Davis said. “I’m really happy to take some pressure off our pitchers because they were doing a good job today and really just swing that momentum to our side.”

Caylan Arnold pitched 4.2 innings and worked her way out of trouble in the fourth as she opened the inning with a hit by pitch and then a single. Arnold got two fly outs and a strikeout to end the inning. She also ran into trouble in the fifth, giving up two singles. Danielle Watson entered the game and allowed a walk to load the bases but then induced a pop out to first.

Arnold had six strikeouts and allowed just three singles and two walks. Watson didn’t give up a hit in 2.1 innings, giving up a walk but stayed out of trouble in the sixth and seventh. Arnold and Watson stranded seven runners.

“Lights out for Caylan and Danielle today,” FSU coach Lonni Alameda said. “It was so cool to see them work together and get after it.”

FSU (41-10-1) only had four hits but made the most of them. Elizabeth Mason also had a double and scored on Davis’ home run in the seventh.

Auburn and Kennesaw State knocked off Auburn on Saturday afternoon 1-0 in an elimination game. UCF then defeated Kennesaw State 2-0 in a third game on Saturday for the chance to face the Seminoles.

“We can go, put our feet up, drink some water and be ready and fresh to go tomorrow because we know it’s going to be a dogfight,” Alameda said.

BOX SCORE

The FSU-UCF box score can be viewed here.

UP NEXT

FSU will play the UCF on Sunday at 2 p.m. TV coverage remains to be determined but the game will stream through the ESPN app and ESPN3.com.

The Noles celebrate as Cassidy Davis arrives at home following her two-run homer in the seventh. (photo by Don Juan Moore / FSU athletics)