Fourth Inning Rally Pushes No. 6 Florida State Past Syracuse Softball

Friday, Mar 17, 2023 at 4:53 pm by Sports Editor

By: Adam Gotkin | @adam_gotkin
Citrus TV Softball Beat Reporter

In a series opener that was a classic pitcher’s duel for the first three innings, defending Atlantic Coast Conference champion No. 6 Florida State softball rallied in the fourth inning to beat Syracuse, 10-0. Seminoles starter Kathryn Sandercock pitched a complete game, while the Orange’s Lindsey Hendrix started in the circle.

The first three innings of the game were scoreless, with both pitching staffs starting strong. Syracuse got a runner in scoring position early, but Sandercock retired the next three batters to end the top of the first. In the bottom of the first, Hendrix escaped a bases-loaded jam, keeping the score level at zero.

The Seminoles opened the scoring in the fourth inning, with Devyn Flaherty reaching safely on a fielding error. After a fly ball out from Jahni Kerr, six straight Seminole batters drew walks, scoring the first five runs of the game. The next three runs of the game were scored on a fielder’s choice, a hit by pitch, and a walk from catcher Michaela Edenfield. A groundout from Mack Leonard and an RBI single from Amaya Ross drove in the final runs of the game.
Syracuse was held hitless for the first time since a 6-0 loss to Georgia Tech in the 2021 ACC Tournament. Florida State scored 10 runs on two hits in the run-rule victory, as the Seminoles drew 11 walks.

The series continues tomorrow at 1 p.m. The Orange search for their first conference win of the season. Syracuse is just 1-6 in the month of March. | @adam_gotkin