FSU vs. Tennessee softball live score, updates, highlights
There is either one (or two) more games remaining to determine who will play Oklahoma in the final series of the 2023 Women's College World Series.
In one dugout we have the Tennessee Lady Volunteers (51-9), who need two wins to set up a rematch against Oklahoma. The Lady Vols have already faced the Sooners, a team that handed them their first postseason loss — a 9-0 mercy rule demolition that saw Tennessee muster only one hit. They rebounded on Sunday behind ace Ashley Rogers and escaped with a win, taking down Oklahoma State.
In the other dugout is a Florida State Seminoles (57-9) group that knocked off Washington, 3-1, on Saturday night with a web gem double play from Josie Muffley to end the game. They have jumped out to a 2-0 start in the Women's College World Series, which is why they have the advantage heading into tonight's contest.
If the Lady Vols manage to steal Game 1, then there will be another game 30 minutes following the conclusion of the first matchup. That contest would then determine which team advances.
However, the 'Noles have only dropped one game in their last 24, illustrating the uphill battle for Rocky Top.
MORE: Watch Florida State vs. Tennessee softball live on Fubo (free trial)
The Sporting News is tracking live updates and highlights from the FSU vs. Tennessee Women's College World Series semifinal game. Follow below for highlights as the action unfolds from USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium.
(All times Eastern)
7:36 p.m. — Leonard returns to the circle for FSU to start the bottom half of the second. Can she settle in after a rocky first?
Bottom of second inning: FSU 1, Tennessee 1
7:33 p.m. — Gottshall bounces back to retire the next three batters, but the damage is done. We'll see whether that trip to Area 51 haunts the Lady Vols as the action progresses.
7:28 p.m. — And just like that, THIS BALL GAME IS TIED! The Lady Vols lead vanishes just as quickly as it appears, after Michaela Edenfield launches a no-doubter to left-center field.
Edenfield evens it up! 💣 @mje_51#WCWS x 🎥 ESPN / @FSU_Softball pic.twitter.com/EJ8qVu3Db5— NCAA Softball (@NCAASoftball)
Top of second inning: FSU 0, Tennessee 1
7:23 p.m. — Leonard limits the damage to only one run. Gottshall is staked to the early lead, but if Tennessee's bats continue to make noise, it'll be a long night for FSU.
7:20 p.m. — Following the blast, a walk and another hard hit ball against Leonard gets the FSU bullpen cranking early in the first inning. The 'Noles have the luxury of having to win only one game to advance, but they are making sure it doesn't get out of hand.
7:17 p.m. — IT'S OUT OF HERE! Just like that, more hard contact against Leonard and Zaida Puni puts one in the seats. It's 1-0 Lady Vols.
CRUSHED IT! 💥 @zaidapuni_#WCWS x 🎥 ESPN / @Vol_Softball pic.twitter.com/UEIWgEoPNv— NCAA Softball (@NCAASoftball)
7:15 p.m. — Kiki Milloy laces one that was seemingly destined to find the outfield, but FSU's shortstop Josie Muffley is having none of that with yet another web gem. Hard contact off Leonard might spell doom against this Tennessee lineup though. Something to watch.
Muffley makes it look easy! 😎 @josiemuff#WCWS x 🎥 ESPN / @FSU_Softball pic.twitter.com/woCXhzb9IB— NCAA Softball (@NCAASoftball)
7:14 p.m. — Mack Leonard is now taking the mound for FSU. It's only her fourth start since March.
Bottom of first inning: FSU 0, Tennessee 0
7:12 p.m. — Gottshall is dealing in the first inning, setting down the 'Noles 1-2-3 with relative ease. Nice start for the senior in a must-win game.
7:07 p.m. — And we're off in Oklahoma City. Gottshall makes quick work of the leadoff hitter, Kaley Mudge, to get things started.
Top of first inning: FSU 0, Tennessee 0
7:05 p.m. — Only one commercial break separates FSU and Tennessee from getting started, which means ESPN had one more chance to get you hyped up. Take a look.
Summon all the fire. 🔥📺 ESPN#WCWS x 🎥 @espn pic.twitter.com/8Vi4QmCmuz— NCAA Softball (@NCAASoftball)
6:52 p.m. — Starting lineups are out with the action starting just moments from now. The Lady Vols start Payton Gottshall, who hasn't pitched since Thursday — a win for Tennessee. FSU counters with Mack Leonard in the circle, a senior that pitched 4.1 innings against Georgia on May 26 — a 4-2 win for the 'Noles.
Almost that time. Our lineup versus Florida State ⤵📺 https://t.co/5Dnj2iMXIg (ESPN)📻 https://t.co/CiAc9D1QEp (AM 990) pic.twitter.com/6cHVXhTT9i— Tennessee Softball (@Vol_Softball)
Our time.#Team40 pic.twitter.com/PXT9rRtO71— Florida State Softball 🥎 (@FSU_Softball)
6:45 p.m. — We are only 15 minutes away from first pitch, which means there is still plenty of time to enjoy some of the pregame content from both teams.
It just means more. pic.twitter.com/e8fLCFuz6x— Tennessee Softball (@Vol_Softball)
Locked in. Ready to go😎#Team40 | @TruistNews pic.twitter.com/g99qkPmqFn— Florida State Softball 🥎 (@FSU_Softball)
The action between Florida State and Tennessee gets started at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. For those without cable, you can catch the game on ESPN+ or Fubo, which comes with a free trial for new subscribers.
Beth Mowins, Michele Smith, Jessica Mendoza and Holly Rowe will have the call for ESPN from Oklahoma City.
MORE: NCAA softball mercy rule, explained
News by day
28 of September 2023