Late outburst gives FSU win over Alabama, forces rematch on Monday

Florida State keeps on fighting. And the Seminoles’ stay in Oklahoma City will extend to Monday.

Sydney Sherrill battled back from an 0-2 count, not chasing at pitches out of the zone, taking a bases-loaded walk as FSU pushed a run across in the bottom of the fifth inning and take a 1-0 lead.

In the sixth inning, Josie Muffley slapped a single to right field to drive in Dani Morgan and give the Seminoles an insurance run. Morgan had a two-out triple off the wall to get into scoring position.

Caylan Arnold started and pitched 4.2 innings, giving up just two hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Kathryn Sandercock (27-3) tossed 2.1 innings of relief to close the door.

“It’s been a grind,” FSU coach Lonni Alameda said. “A lot of us don’t know what day or time it is and we’re just rolling. And with that rain delay, what Syd (Sherrill) alluded to, we bend but we don’t break. It’s been a mantra all season. Maybe COVID has prepared us for this all season. You just roll with it and the girls have been outstanding with that.”

The Seminoles (47-11-1) also will be able to get more sleep on Sunday. Instead of playing deep into the night after yet another lengthy rain delay on Sunday, the two “if necessary” games have shifted to Monday. James Madison-Oklahoma will play at 4 p.m. (ESPN), with the FSU-Alabama game to follow.

“I don’t know if it’s the “World Series after dark” hashtag yesterday; something we don’t want to do again,” Alameda said. “That was super late. I definitely think knowing that we only had a single game was a little more energetic for our team and to know they get to sleep in tomorrow. We don’t have to worry about getting up for any testing or anything like that. We can just get some good rest and get some good recovery. I think (it) is huge.”

The winners will advance to the best-of-three championship series, which now begin on Tuesday.


The Alabama-FSU box score can be viewed here.