OKLAHOMA CITY — Mike White is tired of delivering softball eulogies in the dingy bowels of ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

But for the fifth time in seven years, Oregon’s coach watched as dirt was shoveled on the program’s championship dreams after a disappointing performance at the Women’s College World Series.

This year’s heartbreak was particularly painful as seniors Jenna Lilley and Gwen Svekis sobbed alongside teammates Miranda Elish and Shannon Rhodes at a funeral news conference following the top-seeded Ducks’ 4-1 loss to No. 6 Florida State on Saturday night.

“I’m getting tired of making that speech,” White said. “We’re working hard to try to find that secret of what it takes to bust through that door, because we certainly had the ability to do better than what we’re doing right now. And that’s what hurts.

"That’s what hurts these young ladies, is that if we had played to our caliber and got beat, so be it. But to kind of feel like you didn’t quite get it done to our abilities, that the toughest thing to go on.”

The Ducks (53-10), who had to borrow Florida State’s bus due to a flat tire before Thursday’s 11-6 victory over Arizona State in the first game of the WCWS, needed another early ride to the airport after making four errors and leaving seven runners on base.

Haley Cruse hit a two-out RBI double in the sixth inning to cut the deficit to 3-1, but Sydney Sherrill answered with a solo home run off Maggie Balint — the third pitcher used in the game by a desperate White — to give the Seminoles (54-12) a three-run cushion.

Elish (25-2), who allowed six hits and two runs over four innings, was inconsolable, and at times indiscernible, after the team was unable to survive and advance for the four seniors.

“I think something we can take is a feeling of what our seniors did for us,” Elish said. “(Showing) what it’s like to love softball and play with your heart and leave your heart on the field every day. … They’re inspiring, and I take it as a huge loss.”

Florida State starter Kylee Hanson (29-6), who allowed only five hits and the lone run, walked two batters in the bottom of the seventh to add a little drama to the finish. But Meghan King came in and got Lilley to fly out and pinch-hitter April Utecht to strike out to end the game.

“Sometimes somebody comes up and you hit a big home run, and you’re always hoping there’s going to be that spark,” said White, who also pinch-hit true freshman Shayne Bowden earlier in the game. “I tell you what, I had belief until that last swing, and unfortunately it didn’t work.”

Oregon’s title run was rudely interrupted by Friday’s 6-2 loss to rival Washington. The Ducks played tight in the loser's bracket against a Florida State team that had to beat Georgia earlier in the day to stay alive.

Elish’s first two pitches were balls, and Lilley made a low throw on her first chance at third base, but first baseman Mia Camuso came through with a nice scoop for the first out.

Cruse and Lauren Burke had back-to-back one-out singles in the second inning, but Hanson struck out DJ Sanders and got Lindvall to ground out to end the inning.

Elish issued a lead off walk to Cali Harrod, who stole second and scored on an RBI double by No. 9 hitter Elizabeth Mason to give the Seminoles a 1-0 lead in the third.

“It hurts right now, but I’m very proud of my career and my four years,” said Svekis, a first-team all-American and the national catcher of the year. “I feel like if we had come out and played the way that I know we can, we wouldn’t be going home tonight. So that hurts.”

Rhodes singled and stole second base in the bottom of the fourth but was left stranded.

Elish was replaced by Megan Kleist after giving up an RBI single to Harrod that gave Florida State a 2-0 lead.

“As my team knows, I hate making trips to the mound,” White said. “I really do, but we try to do our thing.”

In the sixth, Cruse leaped up and got her glove on a ball that appeared to be headed over the right-field wall to keep it in play. The result was an RBI single instead of a three-run home run for Zoe Casas.

Balint came in to replace Kleist with two on, no outs and the Ducks trailing 3-0 in the sixth. The sophomore recorded three quick outs to give Oregon some hope.

But once again the Ducks weren’t able to bring with them to Oklahoma City the consistency they showed in winning the Pac-12 or the postseason magic from Jane Sanders Stadium.

“A funeral is a celebration of life, they need to think about a celebration of the season here — being Pac-12 champions and being the number one team in the country coming into this tournament,” White said. “They’ve got to hold their heads high. They’ve got to be proud of what they accomplished. It wasn’t our week. Maybe it will happen soon, I don’t know. But if it doesn’t, we’ve enjoyed this season tremendously.”