OKLAHOMA CITY (theACC.com) – No. 3 seed Florida State shut out No. 6 seed Oklahoma State, 8-0, in six innings on Thursday night in the Noles’ first game of the 2023 Women’s College World Series at the OGE Energy Field at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex.
Following an hour and 14 minute weather delay at the start of the game, Kathryn Sandercock posted a 1-2-3 inning to start things off defensively. At the plate with two outs, Michaela Edenfield stepped up and hit a two-run bomb in the bottom of the first to give Florida State a 2-0 lead.
Coming off an hour and 46 minute delay – the second of the night – FSU extended its lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the third when Devin Flaherty reached on an error and Jahni Kerr scored.
Florida State wrangled four runs in the fourth inning to hold a 7-0 lead heading into the fifth. The ultimate RBI squeeze play from Josie Muffley put runners on second and third before the WCWS All-Time Hits Leader Kaley Mudge went yard with a three-RBI homer, the second FSU homer of the night.
Kerr finished the night with a RBI single to give the Seminoles their final run of the game.
Sandercock got the start and pitched five innings, allowing no runs on five hits and striking out four with a 1.07 ERA. She earned the win and is now 27-3 on the season.
This is the first time Florida State has won its first game of the WCWS since 2002, when the Noles beat UCLA, 2-1.
Florida State faces the winner of the Utah-Washington game on Saturday. The matchup between the Utes and Huskies was pushed Friday at noon due to Thursday night’s weather.