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FSU softball routs Penn, Detroit Mercy

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Closing out their time at THE Spring Games, the Seminoles earned a pair of run-rule victories on Sunday as No. 11 Florida State (17-6) defeated Penn (7-4) by a score of 8-0 in six innings, as well as a 16-0 win in five innings against Detroit Mercy (2-21). 

“Really good week and weekend out of this team,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “Starting off with the trip to UCF and then coming here for a full weekend of games. We got a lot of at bats and situations for a lot of players and the team really came together as a unit, which will be big for us moving forward. Now it is time to get ready for the next half of this long road trip we have coming up.”

Game 1: No. 11 Florida State 8, Penn 0 (six innings)

Penn loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the first inning after a single and a pair of hit-by-pitches, but FSU starting pitcher Brianna Enter got out of the jam with a groundout to third base to end the inning. 

Florida State got on the board in the bottom of the second inning, after loading the bases following a double by Devyn Flaherty, a single by Chloe Culp and a walk to Morgan Noah. A Penn error off the bat of Sydney Sherrill brought in the first run of the game to make it 1-0 FSU.

A solo home run by Elizabeth Mason, her third HR of the season, extended the Seminole lead to 2-0 in the bottom of the third.

The Noles added two more runs in the fourth inning, sparked by leadoff double from Noah. Kiersten Landers followed with a bunt single and an RBI from Sherrill brought in a run. Mason drove in her second RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly later in the inning.

Caylan Arnold entered to pitch the top of the sixth inning to relieve Enter. Enter (1-2) finished with 5.0 scoreless innings pitched, with four hits, zero walks and three strikeouts. Arnold allowed just one hit and recorded a strikeout in her one inning or relief.

The Seminoles closed out the game with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to secure the run-rule victory. Walks to Sherrill and Mason, along with Josie Muffley being hit by a pitch, loaded the bases with nobody out. Kaley Mudge brought in a run with a fielder’s choice and Flaherty followed with a RBI single to make it 6-0 FSU. Flaherty stole second and a pair of wild pitches by Penn scored Mudge and Flaherty to end the game.

Game 2: No. 11 Florida State 16, Detroit Mercy 0 (five innings)

Florida State plated three runs on just one hit in the top of the first inning to take an early 3-0 lead on Detroit Mercy. Sydney Sherrill opened the game with a walk and Josie Muffley was hit by a pitch. Elizabeth Mason reached on a fielder’s choice and stole second base to put Noles on second and third with one out. Cassidy Davis opened the scoring with an RBI single, and a sacrifice fly by Dani Morgan turned into a pair of runs after a Detroit Mercy throwing error. 

The Noles added six runs in the top of the second as FSU brought 11 batters to the plate in the inning. Singles by Kaia LoPreste and Kiersten Landers, along with a walk to Sherrill loaded the bases, allowing Muffley to post an RBI as she was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game. Davis emptied the bases with a three-run double to center and Devyn Flaherty and Morgan Noah each recorded RBI singles as Florida State extended its lead to 9-0.

Landers opened the FSU third inning with a double to center and Sherrill followed with her third walk of the game and Muffley made it 10-0 Noles with an RBI single up the middle. Mason and Davis each were retired on groundouts, but drove in a RBI in each at bat as the Seminoles took a 12-0 lead to the bottom of the third.

Flaherty led off with a double to center to begin the FSU fourth inning and after a walk to Noah, LoPreste brought them both in with a double off the wall in left field to extend the Seminole lead to 14-0. 

Chloe Culp and Morgan walked in the top of the fifth inning and both scored on a two-run double by Flaherty, her second double of the game, to make it 16-0. 

Davis entered to pitch the final inning of the Noles and she didn’t allow a hit and posted a strikeout to close out the game.

Kathryn Sandercock (9-1) scattered two hits over 4.0 innings with one walk and two strikeouts in the victory. The sophomore finished with just 52 pitches in the game, including a five-pitch second inning. 

The Seminoles will continue their 13-game road trip on Wednesday to begin the annual Fresh From Florida Sunshine Showdown against No. 8 Florida in Gainesville, Fla. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. and the game will be streamed on SEC Network+. Links for the broadcast and live stats will be available on the softball schedule page on Seminoles.com.

FSU women’s tennis

The No. 4 ranked Florida State women’s tennis team (14-3, 3-1) knocked off No. 10 Virginia (10-5, 4-3) 4-3 in dramatic fashion.  Due to injury, the Seminoles turned to freshman Victoria Allen and Alice Amendola to get the job done after the team was left to play without their No. 1 singles player.

The Seminoles got off to a 1-0 lead after taking the doubles point but at the cost of losing their No. 1 singles player in junior Emmanuelle Salas due to an injury. Virginia earned the win on court two as Salas and freshman Sasha Hill were forced to retire the match at 5-2.

Despite having to forfeit on court two,  FSU dialed in their focus to clinch the doubles point and take the lead. The 11th ranked doubles pair of junior Petra Hule and freshman Victoria Allen cruised to a 6-3 victory on one. The senior duo of Nandini Das and Andrea Garcia showed their maturity by getting the job done on court three 6-4 to clinch the doubles point.

The Garnet and Gold got off to an unusual start in singles as the team was forced to switch up their entire lineup.  The Seminoles had to move everyone up a court and bring in freshman Alice Amendola on court six who has only played in one dual match all season.  With the Noles getting familiarized in their new roles the Cavaliers tied the match up early in singles with a 6-3, 6-0 win on court four. 

Das quickly responded with an impressive 6-3, 6-2 win on two against UVA’s No. 47 Rosie Johanson.  Once again, Virginia didn’t back down as they won two straight with wins on court one and five to take a 3-2 lead. 

With the match on the line, it all came down to two freshmen in Allen and Amendola to clinch the match over a top-10 opponent on the road.  On court six, Amendola battled to take the first set in a tiebreaker 7-6 (7-2).  She was down 2-5 in the second set but fought back to win five straight games and take the final set  7-5.

With the match now tied at three, the Seminoles once again turned to a freshman to step up and get the job done on court three.  No. 80 ranked Allen lost the first set 7-5 but rebounded to easily take the second set 6-3. In the third set, Allen came in clutch and fought off four match points late in the set to win 7-5 and clinch the match for Florida State.

Florida State heads back home to Tallahassee, Fla. to continue ACC play on March 15th where they will once again take on Georgia Tech at 1 p.m.

Keep up with the Seminoles by visiting Seminoles.com for the latest news and scheduling information or keep up with the team on social media via Twitter (@FSU_WTennis), Facebook (/FSUWTennis), and Instagram (@FSUWTennis).

#4 Florida State 4, #10 Virginia 3

Singles Competition

  1. #10 Natasha Subhash (VA) def. Petra Hule (FS) 6-2, 6-4
  2. #104 Nandini Das (FS) def. #47 Rosie Johanson (VA) 6-3, 6-2
  3. #80 Victoria Allen (FS) def. #95 Amber O’Dell (VA) 5-7, 6-3, 7-5
  4. #86 Sofia Munera (VA) def. #115 Sasha Hill (FS) 6-3, 6-0
  5. Chloe Gullickson (VA) def. Andrea Garcia (FS) 6-3, 7-5
  6. Alice Amendola (FS) def. Vivian Glozman (VA) 7-6 (7-2), 7-5

Doubles Competition

  1. #11 Petra Hule/Victoria Allen (FS) def. #51 Amber O’Dell/Chloe Gullickson (VA) 6-3
  2. Rosie Johanson/Vivian Glozman (VA) def. Emmanuelle Salas/Sasha Hill (FS) 5-2, retired
  3. Nandini Das/Andrea Garcia (FS) def. Natasha Subhash/Sofia Munera (VA) 6-4

FSU men’s tennis

The No. 25 ranked Florida State men’s tennis team (11-4, 2-1) falls on the road to Miami (10-2, 3-0) 4-0 for their first loss in ACC play.

The Garnet and Gold started off the match losing their seventh doubles point of the season.  Miami struck first on court one with their No. 23 ranked pair winning 6-0.  Senior Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar and sophomore Richard Thongoana punched back with a 6-1 win on court three to tie things up.  With the doubles point on the line, Miami fought back to take court two 6-4 and secure the doubles point. 

The Seminoles started off slow in singles, losing four first sets.  Miami took a 2-0 lead after a 6-3, 6-1 win on court four and expanded that to a 3-0 lead with a 6-3, 6-4 win on court two.  

No. 74 ranked Alex Knaff fought back to take the second set on court one 6-3 to take it to a third set against No. 39 Adria Soriano Barrera of Miami.  The senior was unable to hold on as his opponent would go on to take the final set 6-3 to clinch the match for Miami.

The Seminoles now travel back to Tallahassee as they host Duke on March 13th at 5:30 p.m. on ACC Network Extra and North Carolina on March 15th at 1 p.m.

To keep up with the Seminoles, check Seminoles.com for the latest news and scheduling information, or keep up with the team on social media through Twitter (@FSU_MTennis), Facebook (/FSUMTennis), and Instagram (@FSU_MTennis).

#31 Miami 4, #25 Florida State 0

Singles Competition 
1. #39 Adria Soriano Barrera (UM) def. #74 Alex Knaff (FS) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 
2. Francisco Bastias (UM) def. Sebastian Arcila (FS) 6-3, 6-4 
3. Benjamin Hannestad (UM) vs. Loris Pourroy (FS) 3-6, 6-4, 4-2, unfinished 
4. Bojan Jankulovski (UM) def. Marcus Walters (FS) 6-3, 6-1 
5. Franco Aubone (UM) vs. #109 Rana Roop Bhullar (FS) 6-7 (5-7), 5-3, unfinished 
6. Will Grattan-Smith (UM) vs. Chase Wood (FS) 3-6, 6-5, unfinished

Doubles Competition 
1. #23 Franco Aubone/Benjamin Hannestad (UM) def. Alex Knaff/Loris Pourroy (FS) 6-0 
2. #56 Francisco Bastias/Adria Soriano Barrer (UM) def. Sebastian Arcila/Marcus Walters (FS) 6-4 
3. Rana Roop Bhullar/Richard Thongoana (FS) def. Bojan Jankulovski/Stephen Madonia (UM) 6-1 

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