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Auburn, Georgia win WCWS openers; Bama loses to Mother Nature

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OKLAHOMA CITY (WTVM) -- 16th seeded Georgia rallied to beat No. 8 Florida State (53-9) 5-4 on Thursday in the first round of the Women’s College World Series at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium

Georgia was down 2-0 after one inning when responded with four runs over the next two frames to claim the lead. After seeing the lead slip away with a two-run homer in the sixth, the Bulldogs countered with a run of their own in the top of the seventh to claim their sixth win in program history in the Women’s College World Series. Georgia has now won its first game of the eight-team championship bracket in all three trips to Oklahoma City.

The Seminoles jumped on top in the first, using a two-run blast from Jessica Warren to straightaway center to claim an early 2-0 lead.

Georgia punched back in the top of the second, putting its first two runners aboard on errors from the Seminoles. After a passed ball allowed the runners to advance, Maeve McGuire and Katie Browne hit back-to-back sacrifice flies to plate two runs and deadlock the game at 2-2.

The Bulldogs jumped ahead in the third, cashing in on a two-on, no-out start to the inning as Alyssa DiCarlo singled in Samantha LaZear to seize a 3-2 edge, and Tina Iosefa added on with a single of her own to bring in Sydni Emanuel for a two-run cushion.

Florida State knotted the game in the sixth inning, using a leadoff walk to set the stage for a two-run homer from Alex Powers to tie it at 4-4.

In the seventh, Courtni Emanuel reached base on an error to start the inning, then stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error. She came in to score what proved to be the winning run on the next pitch on a DiCarlo groundout to short.

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Auburn claimed a 10-3 victory over UCLA in their 2016 Women’s College World Series opening game on Thursday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. The No. 4 seeded Tigers improve to 55-10 on the season.

“We played very well,” head coach Clint Myers said after the game. “I thought this young lady to my right (pitcher Kaylee Carlson) did an outstanding job. We had one little hiccup there in the middle, but again, it's about how you finish. She composed herself, went out there, and threw zeroes the rest of the way.”

Carlson (18-2) started for the Tigers and besides giving up a three-run homer in the fourth kept the No. 12 Bruins’ (40-15-1) chances on the base paths to a minimum. The sophomore allowed seven hits picking up her fifth complete-game victory in her last six starts.

The Tigers offense supplied Carlson with a big lead from the jump. Auburn batted around the order their first time up to the plate and scored five runs. Four Tigers took a hit by a pitch, and three walks with a double by Kasey Cooper gave Carlson a comfortable 5-0 margin.

“It was an unusual inning, but again, it is what we do; we take advantage of what they give us. If they're going to throw it in the box, we're going to get it,” Myers said.

The four hit-by-pitches, all coming in one inning, was a season high for the Tigers in a game.

Senior Emily Carosone added on to the Auburn advantage in the third with a two-out, two RBI single making it 7-0 for Auburn.

UCLA’s Mysha Sataraka hit a three-run homer in the fourth to make it 7-3 but Auburn covered all three runs later in the game.

Back-to-back doubles from Jade Rhodes and Haley Fagan came in the fourth making it 8-3 for Auburn before Kasey Cooper delivered a two-RBI double in the sixth for the final 10-3 tally.

The win was Auburn’s second victory over UCLA in the WCWS as the Tigers eliminated the Bruins 11-10 (10) last season.

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Alabama was not as fortunate. The No. 6 Crimson Tide and 3rd ranked Oklahoma were scoreless midway through the second inning when lightning halted play, followed by rain that left the field too wet to continue.

The game was suspended, with a restart scheduled for Friday night 7 ET / 6 CT, to be followed by their first round matchup between No. 10 LSU and 2nd ranked Michigan.

The Auburn-Georgia game was also pushed back a day, now set to begin at 7 ET / 6 CT on Saturday.

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