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UCLA Softball Faces a Tough WCWS Opponent in Florida State

The Seminoles have won the last six meetings with the Bruins.

Freshman Briana Perez has been an offensive spark plug all season for UCLA. They will need her to be one tonight, too.
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After sweeping the Arizona Wildcats last weekend in the NCAA Super Regionals, the UCLA softball team is in Oklahoma City for the Women’s College World Series. The Bruins are as few as five wins away from National Championship #117.

The 3rd-seeded Bruins play their first game tonight against the Florida State Seminoles. The Seminoles enter this year’s Women’s College World Series as the 6 seed.

UCLA has played Florida State a total of 14 times and leads the series 8-6. Half of those meetings have been in the postseason. UCLA holds a 4-3 edge in postseason meetings, but Florida State has won the past three postseason meetings. The Seminoles have also won the last six overall meetings between the teams.

Florida State won the ACC regular season title for the sixth consecutive year and were ACC Champions for the fifth year in a row after posting three come-from-behind wins during the 2018 ACC Tournament.

After winning the ACC, the Seminoles won each game of the Tallahassee Regional to advance to last weekend’s Super Regionals against the LSU Tigers. While the Tigers won the first game 6-5, Florida State won the second game 8-5 in 11 innings and the third game 3-1 to advance to tonight’s game.

Offensively, the Seminoles are led by senior Jessie Warren and freshman Sydney Sherrill. Warren led Florida State in batting average, home runs, RBIs, and slugging percentage while Sherrill led the team in hits and doubles.

Look for Florida State coach Lonni Alameda to send redshirt senior Kylee Hanson to the pitching circle. Hanson is 28-5 with a 1.05 ERA in 38 appearances so far this season. She has faced four batters or less in 86% of her innings and 55% of her innings have been 1-2-3 innings. Hanson was one of 25 finalists for USA Softball’s Collegiate Player of the Year, which was awarded this week to UCLA’s Rachel Garcia.

So, tonight’s matchup should be a good one. UCLA will need to get their bats going in order to win tonight’s game.

This is your Women’s College World Series game thread.

Go Bruins!!! Bring home 117!!!