Auburn beats Florida State, advances to championship series

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Pinch-runner Morgan Podany beat a throw to the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning and Auburn beat Florida State 8-7 on Sunday night in the Women's College World Series to advance to the best-of-three championship round.

Auburn (57-10) reached the championship series for the first time and set a school record for wins.

Carlee Wallace hit a three-run homer in the first inning, Jade Rhodes had a three-run blast in the third, and Kasey Cooper hit a solo shot in the fourth for the Tigers.

Auburn led 7-4 in the sixth, and Florida State had two on and one out when Auburn centerfielder Victoria Draper stretched out and robbed Morgan Klaevemann of what looked like a sure double. The Seminoles (55-10) loaded the bases with two outs, but failed to score.

Florida State's Cali Harrod tied it with a three-run homer in the seventh.

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