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FSU softball splits DH but takes third ACC series

The second-ranked Florida State softball team earned the series win over Boston College after splitting the doubleheader on Sunday afternoon. The Noles dropped the first game 2-0 in eight innings before winning 4-0 in game two.

FSU (27-2, 7-2 ACC) now has won three straight ACC series to open the 2022 season.

Game 1: BC 2, FSU 0 (eight innings)

Despite one of Danielle Watson’s best games of her career, the Seminoles fell in game two of the series against Boston College. Watson made her 13th start of the season and pitched into the eighth inning. She tied her career-high in strikeouts in game one with 11, tying her performance against Hofstra from earlier this season. Watson was dominant for the Seminoles during regulation as she only allowed three hits and one walk in the first seven innings.

During extra innings, however, Watson hit a Boston College batter and then allowed the next hitter to single, which put runners at the corners. Kathryn Sandercock came in to pitch for the Seminoles with no outs in the inning. Boston College was able to hit two singles to put the team up 2-0, giving Watson her second loss on the season.

Offensively, the Seminoles only had one hit and three walks as they were shut out for the first time this season.

Game 2: FSU 4, BC 0

Florida State scored its first run of the day in the second inning of game two. Devyn Flaherty reached on a fielder’s choice and then advanced all the way to third on a stolen base and an error by BC (13-11, 2-4). With one out Hallie Wacaser hit a high fly ball into foul territory in left field for a sacrifice fly, allowing Flaherty to score.

The Noles put up another run in the third inning. After back-to-back singles by Josie Muffley and Kaley Mudge, Sydney Sherrill singled up the middle, allowing Muffley to score from second and giving FSU a 2-0 lead.

FSU tacked on the final two runs of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. With two runners on Mudge singled, allowing Jahni Kerr to score from second. Sherrill then walked to load the bases for Kalei Harding. Harding reached on an error by the BC third baseman, allowing Brooke Blankenship to score and secure the 4-0 FSU win.

Kathryn Sandercock pitched yet another gem. Sandercock (14-0) pitched her fifth complete game and fourth shutout of the season. She got 18 of the last 20 batters out as she had five strikeouts and no walks, while allowing no runs.

Box scores

The game 1 box score can be viewed here and the game 2 box score can be viewed here.

Up Next: FSU at Troy

Florida State heads to Troy on Wednesday for a doubleheader. The first game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. ET.