In 2009, Florida State lost in a regional final. This time around, the Noles were poised instead of panicked when the match got close. The result: a spot in the semifinals.
Will it end up being USC versus UCLA for the title? Or will Florida State and Illinois break up the California flavor in the national semifinals?
Upstart Florida State joins Pac-12 rivals USC and UCLA and Illinois represents the Big Ten when action starts Thursday in San Antonio.
In a tournament full of twists, the 12th-seeded Seminoles ousted No. 4 seed Iowa State and will face another surprise winner, UCLA, in the semifinals.
Purdue was the Big Ten's hottest team heading into the postseason, but the Boilermakers couldn't top FSU to reach the regional final.
Arizona State earned its second WCWS title in four years behind hard-throwing freshman Dallas Escobedo, who was all smiles as she hoisted the championship trophy.
Arizona State quieted Florida's bats and handed it a 14-4 loss in Game 1. If the Gators are going to get back into the series, they'll need to clear their heads.