With the loss, Florida State is the first team to bow out of the 2013 Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City. Baylor moves on to play Kentucky in a second elimination game on Saturday night. Kentucky defeated Louisiana Lafayette 4-1 on Thursday and lost to No. 2 Alabama 2-0 Friday night.
Both of Strickland’s long balls were of the two-run variety. It was the junior shortstop’s third multi-hit game of the season. Strickland’s first home run followed a single, an error and a fielder’s choice, allowing the first run to score.
With two on in the third, she swung at a high pitch from Florida State pitcher Lacey Waldrop, the National Player of the Year, and drove it out over the wall in left-center field.
Baylor tallied twice more in the fourth inning, building a 5-0 lead. Florida State got two runs back in the fifth inning and actually had the potential tying run at the plate before Lady Bears’ pitcher Heather Stearns snuffed out the threat.
That turned out to be the Lady Seminoles last legitimate chance at a comeback, as Strickland went deep again with another two-run blast in the sixth, which proved to be the decisive blow.
Florida State , out of the Atlantic Coast Conference, ends its season with a record of 55-9. Meanwhile, Baylor (48-15), the runner-up to Oklahoma in the Big 12, lives to see another game.