Florida State has been in this position before – backs against the wall and in need of a postseason rally.
The Seminoles will have to dial up one more in the Super Regional this weekend.
Michaela Richbourg hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to lift Oklahoma State to a 3-1 win over FSU on Thursday night in the first game of the Super Regionals.
FSU will have to bounce back and win the final two games in the best-of-three series to advance to the Women’s College World Series. Game 2 is Friday night at 7 p.m. on ESPN, and a third game (if needed) would be Saturday at noon on ESPN.
Meghan King (29-6) tossed eight strong innings, striking out 10, while walking just one. But her performance wasn’t enough as the Cowgirls broke through in extra innings.
“I thought both pitchers pitched a good game,” FSU coach Lonni Alameda said. “They took advantage of a few things and we didn’t make adjustments like we usually do and so now it’s all on to tomorrow. We’ll make the adjustments that we need to.”
Makinzy Herzog had an infield single in the second inning to put FSU on the board 1-0.
Madi Sue Montgomery had a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning to tie the game.
Samantha Show (20-7) had five strikeouts, allowing just one run while giving up five hits. Show recorded 18 straight FSU batters to finish the game.
Anna Shelnutt had two of FSU’s four hits.
The Seminoles had won nine straight NCAA Tournament games after going 3-0 in the Tallahassee Regional last weekend and then capturing six straight wins en route to the 2018 Women’s College World Series title.
FSU also lost the first game of the 2018 Super Regional against LSU but bounced back to win a doubleheader on Saturday, playing late into the night, to advance to the WCWS.
“We definitely do have a lot of veterans that have been in this situation,” said Dani Morgan, who scored FSU’s run on Thursday. “That’s going to give us a lot of comfort tomorrow. Just knowing that we’ve been there before and we can do it again.”