Burroughs' three-hitter leads Florida St. past Michigan 1-0
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Florida State's normally potent offense was struggling, so Jessica Burroughs decided to take care of business.
The junior threw a three-hitter to help the Seminoles defeat Michigan 1-0 in a Women's College World Series elimination game Sunday.
Burroughs, the Atlantic Coast Conference pitcher of the year, struck out six and walked two.
She welcomed the pressure.
''Sometimes the offense is on fire, sometimes it's not,'' Burroughs said. ''But that's what I signed up for, and I want to be in that situation. I think I was the most relaxed today than I have been in a while. The defense was playing amazing today.''
Michigan hung tough, despite playing just 12 hours after losing to Oklahoma. Michigan's Sierra Romero said the quick turnaround was no excuse.
''We're college students,'' she said. ''We stay up that late sometimes. We're fine. You know, it's softball. We've conditioned all year for this, and it just didn't fall our way.''
Megan Betsa threw 133 pitches against Oklahoma, then allowed just one hit against Florida State.
''You can't ask any more,'' Michigan coach Carol Hutchins said. ''She couldn't have done anything else. She pitched her guts out. She pitched her heart out, and she did everything she could for her teammates.''
Betsa was dominant for most of the game, but she cracked just a bit in the third inning. Florida State's Morgan Klaevemann walked, Jessica Warren reached on a fielder's choice and moved Klaevemann to second. Alex Powers walked to load the bases and Klaevemann scored on a wild pitch.
''Being able to pass on a little bobble or overthrow - just - you're always looking for those things, and you wish for them to happen and beg for them to happen,'' Klaevemann said. ''So when it does, you want to take advantage of it all the way and execute when those things do happen.''
Florida State's Sydney Broderick walked with two outs to load the bases again in the third, but Betsa escaped further damage.
Michigan (52-7) got two runners on with two outs in the top of the sixth, but Burroughs got out of it with a ground out. The Wolverines regretted not being able to do more with their opportunities.
Sunday marked the last college game for Romero. The infielder, who was selected as the Amateur Softball Association/USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year, went hitless in two at-bats and walked.
''Ever since I stepped foot on campus, Michigan has done nothing but great things for me, and I've just tried my best to represent Michigan the best way I know how,'' she said.
''Playing for Hutch and team 39 (39th year of Michigan softball) this year has been amazing. There's no other place I'd rather be, no other uniform I'd rather wear, and I love Michigan.''
Florida State (55-9) will play Auburn on Sunday night. The Seminoles need a win to stay in the world series.
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