OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (WIAT) — The 2015 Auburn softball team was considered the “Team of Firsts,” but the Tigers are now adding another first to the record books: first Women’s College World Series Championship Series appearance. Auburn beat Florida State 8-7 to avenge an early season loss to the Seminoles as well as punch their championship series ticket.
In a back and forth game that went to extra innings, the Tigers capitalized on a fielding error in the 8th inning that put Madi Gipson at third base after a single with one out. Gipson was replaced on the bases by Morgan Podany, who scored and beat the throw home on a chopper to short to send Auburn to the championship series.
Prior to that run, the Tigers used the long ball for all their scoring opportunities. Three-run home runs from Carlee Wallace and Jade Rhodes plus a solo shot from Kasey Cooper saw Auburn ahead 7-4 heading to the 7th inning.
In the 7th, Florida State got the first two runners on before Cali Harrod put a charge into a ball that sailed over the centerfield fence to tie the game at seven. The Seminoles would load the bases before Auburn got out of the inning.
Auburn now awaits their opponent for the championship series. They will face the winner of the LSU/Oklahoma semifinal. If Oklahoma wins Sunday night, the championship series will begin Monday. If LSU wins Sunday night, Auburn will get a day off and have to wait until Tuesday to start their chance for a national title.