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Seminole Sunday Summary: FSU Softball Advances to Women’s College World Series

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For the first time since winning the 2018 national championship, No. 10 national seed Florida State softball is headed to the Women’s College World Series.

The Seminoles did so with sweeps in the Tallahassee Regional and Baton Rouge Super Regional. FSU advanced on Sunday with a 2-0 win over UCF to win the Tallahassee Regional.

Kathryn Sandercock went the distance for FSU, allowing just one hit and one walk in the shutout victory. Elizabeth Mason and Devyn Flaherty each had two hits and a run scored in the victory.

On Thursday, Sandercock was again dominant as the Seminoles blanked No. 7 national seed LSU to start the Baton Rouge Super Regional, 1-0. Sandercock allowed just two hits and a walk in seven shutout innings. A sacrifice fly by Cassidy Davis to score Sydney Sherrill accounted for the lone run of the game.

On Friday, there was no shortage of drama as the Seminoles rallied from two runs down to beat LSU in nine innings, 4-3. Through five innings, a 2-run home run by LSU’s Georgia Clark accounted for all the offense.

After Mason singled home Sherrill in the sixth, FSU drew even on a passed ball in the seventh as Devyn Flaherty came around to score. LSU regained the lead in the eighth on a solo home run by Taylor Pleasants, but with FSU down to its last out, Mason evened the contest with a solo blast of her own.

With two on and one out in the ninth, Kierten Landers came through with the winning RBI single as Dani Morgan scored the winning run. FSU will move on to face UCLA in the Women’s College World Series.

Football

Weekly Commitments: None
Weekly Decommitments: None
2022 Recruiting Class Ranking*: No. 10 nationally, first in ACC (9 total commitments)*
Big Picture: Game times are now set for FSU’s first three games of 2021.

Men’s Basketball

Weekly Commitments: None
2022 Recruiting Class Ranking*: N/A (0 total commitments)*
Big Picture: It was another quiet week for FSU hoops.

Baseball

Record: 30-22
Ranking: No. 17 Baseball America; No. 23 D1Baseball; No. 24 NCBWA; No. 5 seed ACC Tournament
Past Week: (1-1), lost to Duke in ACC Tournament on Wednesday, 12-1; beat Miami in ACC Tournament on Friday, 6-3
Upcoming: NCAA Tournament (TBD)
Recognitions: Matheu Nelson, C (ACC Player of the Year, first-team All-ACC); Parker Messick, P (ACC Pitcher of the Year, ACC Freshman of the Year, first-team All-ACC, ACC All-Freshman); Bryce Hubbart, P (ACC All-Freshman, third-team All-ACC); Robby Martin, OF (third-team All-ACC)
Big Picture: After getting blasted to start the ACC Tournament, FSU had a nice win over Miami. The Seminoles will learn their NCAA Tournament destination on Monday.

Track and Field

Ranking: Men No. 6 USTFCCCA, No. 1 South; Women No. 13 USTFCCCA, No. 2 South
Past Week: Competed in NCAA East Preliminaries
Upcoming: NCAA Outdoor Championships (June 9-12)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU track and field had a strong showing in Jacksonville. The Seminoles will have next week off before wrapping up the season with the NCAA Championships.

Men’s Golf

Ranking: No. 2 Golfweek Coaches Poll; No. 3 Golfweek/Sargarin; No. 2 Golfstat; No. 1 Tallahassee Regional
Past Week: Began NCAA Championships
Upcoming: NCAA Championships (Sunday-June 2)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: After a rough Saturday, FSU is now in 11th place at the NCAA Championships. The Seminoles have some work to do over the next couple days to reach match play.

Softball

Record: 44-10-1
Ranking: No. 7 NCFA Coaches; No. 10 Softball America; No. 8 D1Softball; No. 10 national seed
Past Week: (3-0), beat UCF on Sunday in Tallahassee Regional, 2-0; defeated LSU in Baton Rouge Super Regional on Thursday, 1-0; beat LSU in Baton Rouge Super Regional on Friday, 4-3
Upcoming: Women’s College World Series (TBD)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: For the first time since 2018, FSU is headed to the Women’s College World Series.

Women’s Golf

Ranking: No. 11 Golfweek/Sargarin; No. 9 Golfstat; No. 9 WGCA Coaches Poll
Past Week: Finished ninth at NCAA Championships
Recognitions: Beatrice Wallin (WGCA first-team All-American)
Big Picture: Although FSU fell one stroke short of match play, the ninth-place finish is the best ever for the Seminoles.

*247Sports Composite rankings

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

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