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Kathryn Sandercock threw her first career no-hitter, and Florida State's lineup expanded to give the sixth-ranked Florida State softball team (22–6, 1–0) a 10–0 run-rule victory over Syracuse (7–12). It took 11 tricks to get it. , 0-4) in the Seminoles' ACC opener on Friday afternoon at Joanne Graf Field.
FSU improved to 26–2 against the Orange and has now won 24 straight games in the series.
Sandercock threw the 116th no-hitter in FSU history and the 33rd under coach Lonnie Almeida. Sanderkock needed just 37 pitches over five innings, striking out two batters and surrendering one run, to complete the no-hitter.
The Orange threatened in the first inning as an error allowed the game's first batter to advance to second. After advancing to third on a groundout, Sanderkock ended the threat with back-to-back groundouts.
The Seminoles threatened in the bottom of the first as they loaded the bases with two outs thanks to a pair of walks and a fielder's choice, but they were unable to score a run.
Both offenses quieted until the bottom of the fourth inning when Devin Flaherty led off the inning by reaching second on an error by the center fielder on a pop fly. After retiring Jahnee Kerr, the Seminoles struck out five in a row to bring up five runs. Hali Wakjer then drove in another run to make it 7–0. After Flaherty walked and was hit by a pitch from Kerr, Michaela Edenfield walked her second of the inning to make the score 8–0. Mack Leonard picked up an RBI single on a groundout, and Amaya Ross singled to bring in the 10th run of the inning.
It was the first time since February 8, 2020, that the Seminoles had scored 10 or more runs in an inning, when they scored 13 runs in the first inning in a 22–0 win over Detroit Mercy.
Sandercock came back to complete his no-hitter in the fifth inning, and after surrendering a single, Knowles recorded a 5–4–3 double play to end the game.
The Seminoles will look to take the series on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Joanne Graf Field.