OKLAHOMA CITY — National player of the year Danielle Lawrie hit a grand slam and made it hold up with a five-hitter and Washington beat Georgia 9-3 Sunday night to earn a spot in the finals of the Women’s College World Series.
The Huskies (49-12) got even for a loss to the Bulldogs (47-12) earlier in the day for the chance to play for the NCAA softball title for the first time in a decade.
Morgan Stuart added a solo home run and Jenn Salling drove in two runs for Washington, which will face top-seeded Florida in the best-of-three championship series beginning Monday night.
After walking in the winning run in a 9-8 loss to Georgia in the first game of the day, Lawrie (40-8) redeemed herself with a first-inning shot against Erin Arevalo (1-1).
Georgia 9, Washington 8, 9 innings: Brianna Hesson walked to force in the winning run in the ninth inning and Georgia beat Washington 9-8 Sunday in the highest scoring game in Women’s College World Series history.
Hesson fouled off three straight pitches with a full count before taking an outside pitch from national player of the year Danielle Lawrie (39-8).
Alisa Goler and Kristin Schnake homered for the sixth-seeded Bulldogs (47-11), who overcame two home runs and a World Series-record seven RBIs by Washington’s Niki Williams.
Georgia rallied from a three-run deficit for the second straight game and took an 8-4 lead before Williams hit a grand slam in the fifth to pull the Huskies (48-12) even.