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FSU Softball Beats Auburn on Inside-the-Park Homer

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It took extra innings on Saturday, but Florida State softball managed to outlast Auburn in eight innings, 2-1, in dramatic fashion on the second day of the Tallahassee Regional.

Carsyn Gordon lifted FSU to the victory with an inside-the-park home run to lead off the eighth inning. The shot down the right field line rolled past a diving Alyssa Rivera, the Auburn right fielder, and rolled all the way to the wall.

Gordon looked as if she had given the Seminoles (49-10) the lead with a solo home run an inning in the bottom of the fifth inning, but a leaping catch from Morgan Podany likely took away a round-tripper and kept FSU off the scoreboard. Neither team threatened for the remainder of regulation.

Both runs during regulation came in the fourth inning. Auburn (41-16) was able to grab the lead on a sacrifice fly from Kendall Veach that scored Casey McCrackin. Cali Harrod evened the game in the bottom half of the inning for FSU with an RBI single that brought home pinch runner Deja Bush.

The teams combined for just eight with FSU accounting for five. Not a single player had more than one.

Meghan King picked up the win for Florida State, allowing just three hits and one run while walking one en route to going the distance. Kaylee Carlson took the loss for the Tigers, yielding two runs on five hits and two walks in seven innings of work. She struck out seven in the loss.

Auburn will face either Kennesaw State or Jacksonville State in an elimination game. The winner will move on to face the Seminoles on Sunday at noon EST.

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

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