FSU softball: Noles defeat Oklahoma in game one of World Series

No. 10 FSU softball surprised a lot of folks Tuesday night with their 8-4 win over No. 1 Oklahoma in game one of the College World Series.

The Noles are one win away from their second national title and will likely have pitching ace Kathryn Sandercock on the mound in game two.

The Noles got a spark from a defensive play by Kalei Harding on a double play to end the second inning. It was Harding who drew first blood in the top of the third inning on a two-run home run.

The Noles scored five runs on the Sooners in the top of the fourth for a 7-0 lead.

The Noles sent an offensive 11-hit barrage, with Kaley Mudge continuing to be the hottest hitter on the planet. She followed up her 5-5 night against Alabama with a 3-4 effort Oklahoma. Cassidy Davis went 2-3, and Harding went 3-4 with four RBI’s.

Similar to the game against Alabama, the Noles had to hold off a potent offense with some great defensive plays and solid pitching.

Danielle Watson was outstanding against the Sooner offense. Watson went 5.2 innings and allowing six hits while striking out five and no walks(one hit batter). She allowed two home runs, but both were solo shots which limited the damage. However, a two-out double in the bottom of the sixth scored two runs to knock her out of the game. Kathryn Sandercock came in with two outs and two runners on base to get out of the jam with a ground out.

It was a great overall effort from a team nobody is giving a chance to win. They were aggressive on the bases and put pressure on Oklahoma the entire game.

Can the Noles bring home their second national championship Wednesday night? Be sure to tune in at 7:00 ET on ESPN!