No. 7 Florida State softball (39-9-1, 27-5-1 ACC) advanced to the ACC Tournament semifinals with a 2-0 win over seven seed NC State (26-25, 15-23 ACC). At the plate, FSU produced six hits and a big fly was the difference. The Seminoles didn’t make an error in the field and allowed just one free pass in the circle to take home the close win.
“It is the postseason and you can see a little bit of nerves in the beginning,” head coach Lonni Alameda said following Thursday’s sun. “We ran ourselves out of a few situations but to see Devyn get after a big swing and Kalei as a freshman swinging it is really exciting to get that win under our belt. We will have a fresh mind tomorrow and keep playing Florida State softball.”
From our Brett Nevitt:
Despite the Seminoles’ struggles at the plate, the Wolfpack couldn’t find any momentum against Sandercock. The righty tossed a second straight 1-2-3 frame with a strikeout in the fifth. The Seminoles put some pressure on Czech with a two-out rally, but still couldn’t add to their lead. Muffley doubled to right center to put a runner in scoring position for Morgan. A wild pitch and a walk put runners on the corners for Kiersten Landers. Landers weakly grounded out to end the inning and strand two runners.
Sandercock closed out the shutout with a grounder to third. The right-handed pitcher posted a final line of 7 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 R, and 77 pitches. Her season ERA is down to 1.42 after her 22nd win of the season. The complete game shutout was her third of the year.
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Some game notes and team stats from FSU Sports Info:
- Florida State has won 17 ACC Championships with their first coming in 1992.
- FSU has won six straight dating back to the 2014 season.
- FSU is 70-19 (.781) all-time in the ACC Tournament, outscoring their opponents 423-168.
- The Garnet and Gold have won 18 straight NCAA Tournament games heading into 2021.
- FSU is 29-4 in the ACC Tournament since Lonni Alameda became the head coach in 2009. In that time period, FSU won seven of the 11 ACC Titles.
- Florida State enters the 14th week of the 2021 season ranked No. 9 by USA Softball and No. 7 by the NFCA. The Noles have been ranked in 122 consecutive polls by USA Softball.
- Florida State had six student-athletes earn All-ACC Honors. Sydney Sherrill led the back being named the ACC’s Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight team. She was joined on the All-ACC First Team by Devyn Flaherty and Kathryn Sandercock. Caylan Arnold was selected to the second team and Kalei Harding and Dani Morgan were selected to the third team. Flaherty and Harding were also named to the All-Freshman Team.