ATLANTA, Ga. — The No. 14 Florida State softball team (7-2, 4-1) split their two games with No. 15 Virginia Tech (6-2, 3-2) Saturday, defeating them 7-1 in game one before losing 9-1 in game two.
Game 1 – Florida State 7, Virginia Tech 1
Kathryn Sandercock started and pitched a complete game for the Noles in the circle during game one as she pitched seven innings allowing three hits and one run with a career-high nine strikeouts. The win marks the second win of the season for Sandercock.
The nine strikeouts are the most by a Seminole pitcher in a game this season.
Offensively the Noles were led by Anna Shelnutt as she had two RBIs on two hits.
Florida State led off the game with three straight hits and a run in the top of the first inning. Sydney Sherrill got on first with a single to left field and she was followed one pitch later on a single from Devyn Flaherty right up the middle. Elizabeth Mason made it three hits in a row for the Noles as she hit a single to center field bringing home Sherrill.
Kathryn Sandercock started off the game with back-to-back strikeouts before Virginia Tech’s Grace Chavez tied up the game with a solo home run to left field.
The Seminole offense exploded in the third inning, earning six runs on three hits and two errors. Flaherty started things off with a single and was followed up by a Mason double to left field. The Seminoles would go on to score six runs on a pair of Virginia Tech fielder’s choices that did not result in an out and two VT throwing errors on their pitcher.
The game calmed down after the third inning as Sandercock would put down 15 Virginia Tech batters in a row from the second inning into the seventh before walking Kelsey Bennett with one out in the seventh. She would hold VT scoreless after the first inning as Florida State would go on to win 7-1.
Game 2 – Virginia Tech 9, Florida State 1
After a scoreless first two innings, Virginia Tech broke the offensive silence in the top of the third with eight runs. VT got two runners on with no outs to start the inning. With one out Grace Chavez hit her second home run of the afternoon, this time a three-run shot to left field. After getting the next batter on, Kelsey Bennett would give the Hokies a 5-0 lead with a home run of her own, this one scoring two runs. Virginia Tech would extend their lead to 8-0 with a one-out single up the middle by Meredith Slaw scoring the innings final two runs.
Virginia Tech added one more run in the top of the fourth inning to give the Hokies a 9-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, Florida State put their first and only run of the game on the scoreboard. Dani Morgan led off the inning with a single to left field and two batters later she made it to home after a double from Kiersten Landers.
From Head Coach Lonni Alameda:
“We knew today would be a battle, Virginia Tech is a very good team. Weekends like this always have that good postseason feel. This is why we love playing in and going after series like this. Tomorrow is the rubber match and I am really excited to see which team can make the adjustments and finish out the weekend strong.”
Florida State takes on No. 15 Virginia Tech again tomorrow at 11 am to wrap up the ACC Pod Weekend. The game will be on ACCNX.
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