VT pours it on late to take series with FSU

The No. 3 Florida State softball team fell to the No. 5 Virginia Tech Hokies 23-9 in seven innings in front of a sell-out crowd at JoAnne Graf Field in Tallahassee, Fla. Today’s crowd marked the fifth largest (1,731) in stadium history.

The Seminoles (36-4, 16-4 ACC) were down by 11 at the top of the fourth inning until Kalei Harding hit a grand slam at the bottom of the fourth to put four runs on the board.

Kaley Mudge reached on a fielder’s choice to second base. Brooke Blankenship got out at second base, Jahni Kerr advanced to third base and Hallie Wacaser scored. Then, Mudge advanced to second and Kerr scored on a wild pitch, closing the gap for the Seminoles, 11-6.

Mack Leonard then hit a three-run home run in order to push the score to 11-9. The Seminoles scored all of their nine runs on four hits during the fourth inning.

Both teams went scoreless in the fifth but the Hokies (29-4, 13-0) responded with 10 runs in the seventh inning.

Box score

The FSU – VT box score can be viewed here.

Up next

FSU and Virginia Tech will play the finale of the three-game series on Sunday at noon (ACC Network).