February 23, 2023 - by

Noles’ Offense Explodes For 13 Runs To Take Down FGCU

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The sixth-ranked Florida State softball team (11-3) came out swinging, scoring runs in every inning they were at bat to help beat Florida Gulf Coast (7-7) by a score of 13-5 in six innings Thursday night at JoAnne Graf Field.

Katie Dack recorded the first score of the night hitting a two-run home run to left field. Dack has now hit home runs in back-to-back games and has a team-high five home runs on the year.

The Eagles added a run in the top of the second off a wild pitch, but an error by the Eagles and a Kalei Harding double gave the Noles a 5-1 lead heading into the third.

The Eagles responded again in the top of the third with a three-run home run to cut the deficit to one, but the Noles’ bats continued to stay hot as Kaley Mudge extended her hitting streak to nine games with a single that scored two runs to give the Noles a 7-4 lead.

FGCU responded again with another run in the top of the fourth, but FSU countered with scores in the final three innings.

A Devyn Flaherty groundout would score Krystina Hartley in the fourth then a wild pitch in the fifth inning gave the Noles a comfortable 9-5 lead heading into the sixth.

Four doubles and a walk for the Seminoles in the sixth inning would be enough to push four runs across the plate to end the game due to a run rule.

Seven Noles recorded hits and seven different Noles picked up an RBI. Harding, Dack and Hallie Wacaser led the Noles with two RBIs apiece.

In the circle, Mack Leonard started the first two innings while only allowing two hits. Allison Royalty then took over and pitched 2.2 innings and struck out three batters to earn her fourth win of the season. Kathryn Sandercock pitched for the final 1.1 innings and cemented the Seminole’s victory allowing zero runs while on the mound while earning her second save of the season. Sandercock now has nine career saves which puts her No. 4 in FSU’s all-time list for career saves.

The Seminoles will be back in action tomorrow to play two games against Lamar at 2:30 p.m. and Florida Gulf Coast at 4:45 p.m. to continue the Unconquered Invitational. Both games can be seen live on ACCNX.

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