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Sandercock starts well but Garcia, UCLA too much in game 1

Kathryn Sandercock and Rachel Garcia faced off in an entertaining pitching duel for most of Thursday. But the Bruins finally broke through in the fifth and put the game away an inning later.

Kinsley Washington scored in the sixth inning for UCLA, going full speed from second to home and sliding in for the Bruins’ first run in a 4-0 victory over FSU on Thursday in the first game of the Women’s College World Series.

Delanie Wisz had an RBI double and Maya Brady hit a two-run homer as UCLA tacked on three runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Kathryn Sandercock (24-3) kept UCLA off balance, striking out six in 5.2 innings. The Bruins were able to capitalize on a throwing error by Devyn Flaherty in the fifth, which allowed Washington to reach base and then advance to second. Washington came home when Anna Vines’ single prompted a throw to first, which was late, and then Washington beat the throw home.

UCLA put the game out of reach with three runs in the sixth and it was more than enough for Garcia, who had 11 strikeouts. She allowed five hits, all of them singles.

“I think as a lineup we did a pretty good job,” junior Sydney Sherrill said. “We kept battling, stayed in it, got some hits here and there. Just couldn’t piece them together.”

The Seminoles will have Friday off. James Madison and Oklahoma State will play the first game at 7 p.m., followed by Alabama vs. UCLA.

FSU (44-11-1) will next play Arizona on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. (ESPN) in an elimination game. In March, FSU took two of three games from Arizona in a series played at Tallahassee.

“Really happy with Kat,” FSU coach Lonni Alameda said. “I’m happy with the defense. We were loose, having fun. It’s survive and advance. Been here before. We know what it’s like.”

The Seminoles would need to win two games on Saturday to stay alive and advance to Sunday’s games.

BOX SCORE

The FSU-UCLA box score can be viewed here.