FSU routs Bethune in regional opener

The only thing that slowed down the Florida State softball team was a weather delay.

FSU hit three home runs and three doubles to take an 8-0 win over Bethune-Cookman in five innings in the opener of the NCAA Regional on Friday afternoon.

The Seminoles (52-8) have recorded four straight postseason shutouts, raising the 2019 total to 22.

“Great ballgame today and we had some opportunities to fight a little bit,” said FSU coach Lonni Alameda. “I think Makinzy (Herzog) is getting better and better every time she goes out, and the defense is continuing to be more comfortable playing behind her. We had a couple of good swings all over the lineup and it was nice to get the W.”

FSU will play South Florida on Saturday at noon in the winner’s bracket.

There was a delay of just over two hours during the bottom of the fifth inning due to lightning in the area.

For the 40th time in their 60 games this season, the Seminoles scored a run in the first inning to take an early lead. Cali Harrod led off by drawing a walk on four pitches, stole second base, moved to third on a fly out and scored on a sacrifice fly by Sydney Sherrill as FSU recorded its 110th first-inning run of the season.

Cassidy Davis made it 2-0 in the bottom of the second as she hit a solo home run to right center. It was her 10th HR of the season, becoming the seventh Seminole to hit 10+ HRs this season, and James Madison and Arizona State are the only other schools in the country to have even five players with 10 or more home runs.

Herzog retired the first 11 batters she faced before allowing a two-out single in the top of the fourth to Kaira Cabato. It was the only blemish on her record as the freshman improved to 10-2 on the season with four scoreless innings and four strikeouts.

Florida State added three runs in the bottom of the fourth to extend its lead to 5-0. Dani Morgan hit a solo home run and Herzog added a two-run double to left field, scoring Davis and Zoe Casas, who reached on a fielder’s choice and an infield single, respectively.

Kathryn Sandercock entered to pitch the top of the fifth inning for the ‘Noles and retired the Wildcats in order, highlighted by an impressive spin throw from Harrod on a ground ball up the middle.

Carsyn Gordon hit a solo home run to begin the FSU fifth inning, just before a rain shower came to JoAnne Graf Field. After the delay, Elizabeth Mason drew a walk and Morgan lined a single to left. Davis brought both of them in with a two-run double to right center to end the game.

FSU sports information contributed to this report

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