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Noles and Tigers meet with trip to WCWS on the line

FSU Sports Info

For the third time in the last five seasons, Florida State and LSU will meet with a trip to the Women’s College World Series on the line. This time, though, the meeting comes in Baton Rouge with all three games set to air in primetime.

The No. 10 Seminoles enter their eighth consecutive Super Regional appearance fresh off sweeping the Tallahassee regional, outscoring their opponents 11-2 with back-to-back shutout victories over UCF. The clinching victory was a one-hitter from sophomore Kathryn Sandercock in the circle, her eighth complete game of the year.

No. 7 LSU will host postseason softball for the second weekend in a row after going 3-1 in the Baton Rouge Regional. The Tigers scored at least 8 runs in each of their victories over the weekend, showing off big power with 7 home runs across the four games. But they were shutout in their loss to ULL on Sunday.

How to Watch

Game 1

Florida State 1, LSU 0

Recap

It is such a big deal that FSU was able to keep LSU stars Aliyah Andrews and Ciara Briggs off the base paths. They are the only steal threats to speak of on the roster but they can’t cause havoc with their speed if they can’t get on base.

This game reinforces what we already knew. If the Seminoles can generate any kind of offense they are a tough out for anyone. We will see if the bats can wake up tomorrow.

Game 2: Friday, 7 p.m. on ESPN2

Game 3 (if necessary): Saturday, 7 p.m. on ESPN2

Florida State players to watch

For the Noles to head to Oklahoma City, they’ll need their pitching to hold down the Tigers’ bats. That puts a lot of pressure on Caylan Arnold and Kathryn Sandercock, but the two have matched been dominant this season. Arnold doing it with the strikeouts, recording 130 over 114 innings. Sandercock allows more contact but is even more efficient at keeping runners from crossing home. Her 1.15 ERA leads the team and ranks second among pitchers still left in the tournament.

LSU players to watch

If you’ve seen a SportsCenter top 10 this season, odds are you’ve seen at least one spectacular catch from LSU outfielder Aliyah Andrews. The Florida native has made a name for herself covering a lot of grass in the outfielder, but she’s also among the league leaders in hits as well. The Tigers other top bats belong to Amanda Doyle and Taylor Pleasants, who lead LSU in home runs and RBIs.

Series history

Florida State and LSU have split their previous 12 meetings all-time — seven of those contests coming in the postseason including two Super Regionals.

In 2017, LSU punched its ticket to the Women’s College World Series claiming the final two games of the series. The Noles returned the favor in 2018. Both of those Super Regionals went the full three games.

Game Notes via FSU Sports Info

  • Florida State has never lost to LSU by more than two runs with six of their losses coming by just one run. The Garnet and Gold have won three straight against the Tigers, including an 8-5 and 3-1 win the 2018 Tallahassee Super Regional and a 9-1 win in 2019 at the St. Pete Clearwater Invitational.
  • Florida State enters the 15th week of the 2021 season ranked No. 9 by USA Softball and No. 8 by the NFCA. The Noles have been ranked in 123 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.
  • Through 53 games this season, the Seminoles have shown their speed recording 106 stolen bases in 120 attempts. Devyn Flaherty leads the Noles with 16 stolen bases.
  • The Seminole offense has scored 270 runs in the first 53 games of the season. This has come as the Seminoles have put together 114 total extra base hits, including 41 home runs and 68 doubles to go with five triples. Cassidy Davis is leading the way with eight doubles, one triple and nine home runs » Caylan Arnold and Kathryn Sandercock are leading the Seminole pitching staff. They have combined for 33 wins and 233 strikeouts. Arnold leads Florida State with 130 strikeouts and Sandercock leads the team with a 1.15 ERA and a 23-2 record.
  • The Florida State pitching staff has combined for a 1.63 ERA good for 7th best in the country .