FSU’S WALDROP FALTERS IN CIRCLE
Florida State junior pitcher and national player of the year Lacey Waldrop struggled in her two pitching performances during the tournament.
She failed to get out of the sixth inning Thursday in a 3-0 loss to Oregon.
Saturday’s start was even shorter in a 7-2 loss to Baylor that ended the Seminoles’ season, as she went just four innings and allowed five runs.
“I have to credit Oregon,” Baylor coach Glenn Moore said. “I thought they had a great approach versus Waldrop; staying patient and making her come over the plate a little more.”
Waldrop entered Saturday with a 1.07 earned-run average and 38-6 record.
“She is not the national player of the year for no reason,” Baylor’s Linsey Hays said. “She kept us guessing, we stayed aggressive at the plate and we were patient and hit our pitches. I think that really made the difference.”
KAY WOWS CROWD WITH ANTHEM
Just days after wowing the crowd before Game 4 of the NBA’s Western Conference Finals with the “National Anthem,” 10-year-old Olivia Kay got a rousing ovation following another performance to open Saturday’s night session.
Kay recently surprised TNT’s NBA crew with a performance of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” on the postgame show, catching national attention. She is an Edmond native
Also, Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett threw out the first pitch before the morning session.