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FSU Softball Uses Late Surge in Down LSU, 3-1

Larry Novey/FSU athletics

Back-to-back RBI hits by Sydney Broderick and Ellie Cooper were the difference for Florida State softball on Friday as the Seminoles moved to within one win of a second straight Women’s College World Series appearance. No. 4 national seed FSU kicked off the best-of-three Tallahassee Super Regional with a 3-1 win over No. 13 national seed LSU.

Jessica Burroughs went the distance for FSU (55-6-1) to pick up the win. Burroughs allowed just a run on three hits while walking three and striking out eight in the win.

The contest was knotted 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning when Broderick doubled home Carsyn Gordon to put the Seminoles ahead for good. Deja Bush ran for Broderick and scored one batter later on a single from Cooper. Broderick and Cooper were each 2-for-3 in the victory.

Entering the game, LSU starter Carley Hoover had an ERA of just 1.02 and was solid for most of the day. Hoover allowed three runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out six in the loss.

FSU got the scoring started in the third on an RBI single by Jessie Warren. LSU (45-20) drew even in the fifth on an RBI single by Emily Griggs, but could not get her home. The Tigers also left a runner at second in the sixth inning.

LSU will need to win on Saturday to keep its season alive while the Seminoles will look to advance with a victory. FSU has yet to lose in Tallahassee this season. The winner of the Super Regional will take on the winner of the Los Angeles Super Regional between UCLA and Ole Miss in the opening contest of the Women’s College World Series.

Mike Ferguson is the editor of The Daily Nole. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeWFerguson

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