TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The fourth-ranked Florida State softball team (2-0) opened the season with two victories on Thursday with a 3-0 win followed by a 4-1 win over Lipscomb (0-2) at the JoAnne Graf Classic at JoAnne Graf Field.
Game 1: Florida State 3, Lipscomb 0
Kathryn Sandercock was terrific for the Noles in game one with a complete-game shutout after allowing just one hit while striking out two batters.
After an empty first inning, Michaela Edenfield hit a double into left field which brought home Hallie Wacaser. Edenfield then ran in a score of her own off a sacrifice fly by Josie Muffley to extend the lead to two.
After a scoreless third and fourth inning, Kaley Mudge led off with a triple and Mack Leonard reached on an error to bring Mudge home to extend the lead to 3-0.
Sandercock did not allow any threat from the Bison as the retired the final 15 batters she faced.
B2 | Edenfield doubled to left field, scoring Wacaser (Florida State 1, Lipscomb 0)
B2 | Muffley hit a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Edenfield (Florida State 2, Lipscomb 0)
B5 | Leonard reached on a fielding error, scoring Mudge (Florida State 3, Lipscomb 0)
Florida State 4, Lipscomb 1
Michaela Edenfield’s first home run of the season broke a tie in the fifth inning, and the Noles never looked back in a 4-1 victory in the second game of the doubleheader.
Florida State scored their first run of the game in the bottom of the third inning when Kalei Harding singled through the left side. After Harding advanced to third on a wild pitch, Edenfield hit a double to right field which allowed Harding to score.
After allowing a run at the top of the fifth, Edenfield hit a home run to left field allowing Florida state to regain the lead. Wacaser kept the momentum with a double, and Kaley Mudge brought home another run on a groundout.
The Seminoles scored their third run on four hits after Amaya Ross singled to short stop and stole second followed by a pinch hit single by Jahni Kerr to right center where Ross scored.
Freshman Makenna Reid struck out the side in the final inning to give the Noles their second victory of the day. Reid was terrific after coming in for Allison Royalty in the fifth inning as she struck out six batters in just three innings of work.
For the day, Sandercock, Royalty and Reid combined to allow just one run on three hits while striking out nine batters.
B3 | Edenfield doubled to right field, scoring Harding (Florida State 1, Lipscomb 0)
T5 | Busch homered to left field (Florida State 1, Lipscomb 1)
B6 | Edenfield homered to left field (Florida State 2, Lipscomb 1)
B6 | Mudge grounded out to 1B, Belviy scored (Florida State 3, Lipscomb 1)
B6 | Kerr singled to right center, Ross scored (Florida State 4, Lipscomb 1)
Florida State plays Longwood tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. The game will be available on ACCNX.
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