TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The No. 15 Florida State softball team (8-3) defeated Florida Gulf Coast (4-6) on day one of the Unconquered Invitational, 7-0.
Florida Gulf Coast 7, Florida State 0
Kathryn Sandercock started and pitched 4 innings for the Noles in the circle as she allowed 2 hits and no runs with five strikeouts. She improved her record this season to 3-1.
Sandercock retired eight in a row from the second inning through the third inning.
Caylan Arnold entered the game in relief in the top of the fifth inning. She pitched two innings and allowed no hits with one strikeout.
Emma Wilson finished the game for Florida State pitching the final inning, not allowing a single batter on base.
Florida State got things started in the first at-bat of the game as Elizabeth Mason hit a solo home run to left field, giving FSU an early 1-0 lead.
The Noles continued to tack on the runs in the second inning, scoring two more. Kiersten Landers led off the inning with a double to center field. Anna Shelnutt followed that up with a strongly hit ball up the middle scoring Landers. FSU would then load the bases for Devyn Flaherty who would hit a sac fly to center field scoring Kaley Mudge, giving FSU a 3-0 advantage.
The Seminoles extended their lead in the bottom of the third inning with two more runs. The Noles once again started off the inning with a leadoff home run, this time by Cassidy Davis over the center-field wall. Kalei Harding would then get on with a walk and score three batters later after Kaley Mudge singled back to the pitcher.
In the fifth, Florida State put up two more runs to make it 7-0. Harding scored the first run after Kaia LoPreste put the ball in play towards the second baseman. Josie Muffley brought home the second run of the inning on a single up the middle scoring Landers from third.
From Head Coach Lonni Alameda:
“I am proud of our performance today. We saw some intensity from the team at the plate and in the circle. Elizabeth Mason had a great day today. Anytime you have leadoff intensity like that and production from that spot in the lineup it sets the tone for the whole team. We are excited to see that and we are looking forward to two games tomorrow.”
Florida State wraps up at the Unconquered Invitational tomorrow against FGCU (12:30 pm) and Southeast Louisiana (3:00 pm) both games will be on ACCNX.
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