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Florida State captures first Women’s CWS

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Florida State players celebrate after defeating Washington 8-3 in the second game of the best-of-three championship series in the NCAA softball Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Florida State won the title.
(Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press)

Pitcher Meghan King settled down after a rough start to complete a record-setting Women’s College World Series, and Florida State beat Washington 8-3 on Tuesday night to claim its first national title in Oklahoma City.

The Seminoles (58-12) won the best-of-three championship series 2-0. They lost their opener before winning six straight to become just the third team to come through the losers’ bracket and take the title.

King broke a World Series record for lowest ERA among pitchers who threw at least 10 innings with a mark of 0.20. She earned four wins and a save in Oklahoma City while allowing just one earned run in 341/3 innings.

King was on such a run that Florida State’s ace throughout the season, Kylee Hanson, never had to pitch in the championship series.

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Florida State’s Jessie Warren, who hit .520 in the World Series, was named most outstanding player. She went three for four with a homer on Tuesday.

Washington (52-10), one of four Pac-12 teams to reach the World Series, was undefeated outside of the conference until the two losses to Florida State.

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Cal State Fullerton will play Washington at 11 a.m. Friday in the first game of a best-of-three baseball Super Regional at Goodwin Field. The second game will be played Saturday at 3:30 p.m., and a third game, if necessary, will be played Sunday at 6 p.m.

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The winner advances to the eight-team College World Series in Omaha beginning June 16.


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