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FSU knots up Super Regional

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Florida State didn’t make the most of opportunities in the first game of the Super Regional.

The Seminoles broke the second game open early with a big inning.

Elizabeth Mason had a two-run single as part of a four-run third inning and Florida State defeated Oklahoma State 4-1 on Friday night in the Super Regionals. FSU’s win sets up a decisive Game 3 on Saturday at noon (TV: ESPN) for a spot in the Women’s College World Series.

Carsyn Gordon drew a bases-loaded walk to bring in FSU’s first run, and Sydney Sherrill followed with a sac fly. That set up Mason’s hit, which gave FSU ace left-hander Meghan King a comfortable 4-0 lead.

“Really excited about our fight today,” FSU coach Lonni Alameda said. “Extremely proud of Meghan King and the tone that she set for the team today. We didn’t expect anything less as a competitor. Now it’s about getting some rest and being able to go in for that boxing match we’re going to have tomorrow.”

King (30-6) allowed just the unearned run, scattered four hits and had eight strikeouts — including one to finish the game. The senior left-hander now has 108 career wins, trailing only Lacey Waldrop (109) in the FSU record books.

An overflow crowd of 1,550 filled the grandstand, berm, outfield wall and roof of the parking garage, watching as FSU improved to 55-9.

“The crowd is just incredible,” King said. “I had to take a second after we got that second out (in the seventh inning) and just look around. I’m just going to miss this for sure. It’s just so awesome, the crowd having our back every single pitch. And it’s just one of those moments as a senior that you just look around and you’re like, ‘This is freaking awesome.’ Just super proud of just where the program has grown and come from in the last five years.”

Samantha Show (20-8) took the loss for the Cowgirls.

Oklahoma State won Game 1 of the Super Regional on Thursday night. The Seminoles also lost Game 1 of the 2018 Super Regional against LSU before taking a pair of games to reach the WCWS.

Alameda said there was no doubt that King would be on the mound on Friday. And FSU will likely go with King again in Game 3.

“I was pumped to get the ball,” King said of the Game 2 start. “I love to compete in those moments. I love the feeling of my defense trusting me but just excited for another game tomorrow.”

Does King want to start on Saturday?

“I always want the ball,” King said.

Cowgirls coach Kenny Gajewski acknowledged that he has options for a Game 3 starter but said he was leaning toward starting Show on Saturday. Gajewski pulled Show after three innings and 55 pitches, so she will be rested for the early first pitch on Saturday.

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