Powers has 4 hits, leads Florida State past UCLA 8-4
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Florida State gave itself a chance this time.
The Seminoles bounced back from a seven-error performance in a loss to Georgia two days earlier to beat UCLA 8-4 in an elimination game Saturday at the Women's College World Series. Florida State went without an error to claim the victory.
''What a great stage to learn about yourselves and your team, to be able to turn that around,'' Florida State coach Lonni Alameda said. ''We had a good little pow-wow yesterday morning and kind of laughed about it. I mean, what else can you do? It was totally uncharacteristic of us. You could just see in each other's eyes - it wasn't going to happen again.''
Alex Powers had four hits, including a solo home run and Morgan Klaevemann knocked in four runs for the Seminoles (54-9). Jessica Burroughs entered the game in the first inning, gave up just two hits and didn't give up a run in 6 1/3 innings to claim the win.
UCLA's Mysha Sataraka hit a grand slam to center in the bottom of the first inning to open the scoring. It was her second home run in two world series games.
''I was just trying to see the ball, just get a good cut on it, and that's what I did,'' Sataraka said. ''Just kept it simple.''
Florida State's Jessica Warren hit a solo homer in the third to cut UCLA's lead to 4-3. Powers doubled, then advanced to third on a single by Sydney Broderick. Cali Harrod bunted to score Powers, and Broderick scored for a 5-4 lead when UCLA got caught worrying about Harrod between first and second.
''We were down four, but one swing of the bat at a time can change the game,'' Powers said. ''I think that's what it was - just knowing that each pitch was important to our success. We weren't going to sit there and fold. We were going to keep competing.''
Alameda said the team trusted its process.
''We've had very good game plans offensively, and we've been going with that all season, whether we're up or down,'' she said. ''If you're going to give up runs, you want to give them up early and let your hitters go to work, and then you just kind of stop the bleeding.''
Kylee Perez had two hits for UCLA (40-16-1), which lost its first two world series games for the first time.
''We end our season earlier than I'd like, but I'm very proud of this team,'' UCLA coach Kelly Inouye-Perez said. ''I told the seniors to end it this early was disappointing, but to end it on the College World Series stage is quite an accomplishment for what we've done in the second half of the season.''
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A previous version of this story was corrected to show Harrod bunted to score Powers.