Kathryn Sandercock was dominant in the circle on what was an electric atmosphere on the road.
Sandercock tossed a two-hitter and Cassidy Davis had a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning as Florida State defeated LSU 1-0 on Thursday night in the first game of the Super Regionals. FSU is a win away in the best-of-three series from going to the Women’s CWS.
“Wow, what a game,” FSU coach Lonni Alameda said. “Really exciting. Super Regionals are so much fun. Kat and our defense did outstanding. … What a fun ballgame. Really proud of our group.”
Sydney Sherrill and Kalei Harding led off the sixth inning with singles, with Sherrill advancing to third. Following a pop out, Davis had a fly out deep enough to right field for Sherrill to race home and, sliding head first, get in ahead of the tag by LSU catcher Morgan Cummins.
Sandercock tossed 5.2 hitless innings in Sunday’s win over UCF, which clinched the Tallahassee Regional title. On Thursday, she gave up just two hits and a walk in seven shutout innings. It was Sandercock’s ninth complete game of the 2021 season.
“Just trying to expand the zone a little bit,” Alameda said. “They were a little aggressive in their swings and she was able to expand the zone. Our defense made great plays behind her. That’s been kind of our MO all season. She pitches to defense. She kept her routine. She stayed calm at the end of the dugout in between innings. I just think that her presence was a big thing for her.”
The FSU-LSU box score can be viewed here.
The FSU-LSU game was the first of the eight Super Regional series across the nation. FSU and LSU will play Game 2 on Friday at 7 p.m. (ESPN2).