It was either a long day and a late night or an early morning. Regardless, the Florida State softball team can savor a win. And get some sleep.
Kathryn Sandercock (26-3) pitched a complete game, scattering five hits and two walks while striking out eight, as the Seminoles knocked off Oklahoma State 4-2 early Sunday morning. After a long rain delay Saturday night, the Seminoles’ win came at 3:19 a.m.
“This is the time to pitch your heart out, pitch your legs off, pitch your arm off, and that’s what I tried to do,” Sandercock said. “That’s what I kept telling myself to do and just being all in for every single pitch. So I think that it was a journey throughout the entire season.”
FSU coach Lonni Alameda said: “Pretty outstanding performance. You know, short turn, when you are in the losers bracket because you’re playing games. And I think what is so awesome is Kat’s taken to the smart part of the game. We had time to think about a game plan for the hitters that have been big producers for them, and she shut them down, and that was awesome.”
FSU (46-11-1) broke the game open in the third inning, scoring three runs. Anna Shelnutt led off with a home run to put FSU on the board. Following a walk to Josie Muffley, Kaley Mudge doubled to left center and advanced to third on a throwing error (which also allowed Muffley to score). Sydney Sherrill then had an RBI groundout to give FSU the 3-0 lead.
Oklahoma State added unearned runs in the third and fifth to cut the Seminoles’ lead to 3-2.
FSU manufactured an insurance run in the seventh as Mudge reached on a fielding error then went to second when Sherrill fouled out. Mudge advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error.
The Seminoles will have the chance to catch up on their sleep before facing Alabama on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. (ESPN). If the Seminoles win that game, they would play the Crimson Tide a second time at 9:30 p.m. with the winner advancing to the best-of-three championship round.
FSU 4, Arizona 3
Florida State had to rally twice on Saturday to fight off elimination. The Seminoles did that and now the job continues with a second elimination game.
Dani Morgan hit a three-run homer and Cassidy Davis had a game-winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh as the FSU softball team knocked off Arizona 4-3 on Saturday afternoon. The Seminoles will next play Oklahoma State on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. (ESPN).
Arizona scored runs in the third and fourth, taking a 2-0 lead and the Seminoles shifted from starter Caylan Arnold to Kathryn Sandercock. Arnold tossed 3.1 innings, giving up two earned runs.
In the sixth, FSU built a one-out rally. A Davis walk and Flaherty hit by pitch put two runners on. Kalei Harding struck out, but Dani Morgan ripped a 1-1 pitch over the left-field wall to give the Seminoles a 3-2 lead.
Arizona added a run in the top of the seventh off Sandercock, who went 3.2 innings.
In the seventh, Kaley Mudge led off with a walk. Sydney Sherrill then flew out and Elizabeth Mason reached on a fielder’s choice, with Mudge going to third on a throwing error. Arizona’s inability to get an out on the play due to the error brought up Davis, who hit a long fly ball to deep right field and Mudge easily scored – standing up – for the win.
Sandercock improved to 25-3.