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Florida State edges North Florida in softball

Seminoles 4, Ospreys 3
Florida State
Posted at 11:36 PM, Feb 22, 2023
and last updated 2023-02-22 23:36:57-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Jahni Kerr hit a solo home run into left-center field in the bottom of the sixth inning to power the sixth-ranked Florida State softball team (10-3) past North Florida (7-3) by a score of 4-3 Wednesday night at JoAnne Graf Field.

Offense was hard to come by as neither team recorded a hit in the first three innings. The Ospreys got the first hit of the game in the bottom of the fourth, but it was Katie Dack who pushed the first run across with her team-high fourth home run of the season to give the Noles the 1-0 lead.

UNF was able to push a run across in the top of the fifth inning thanks to a Seminole error to tie the game.

After Hallie Wacaser doubled in the bottom of the fifth, Kaley Mudge and Mack Leonard hit back-to-back doubles with two outs to score two more runs across for the Noles.

The Ospreys responded again with two runs in the top of the sixth thanks to a couple of RBI singles.

Kerr broke the tie in the bottom of the sixth, going opposite field for her second home run in as many games.

Makenna Reid struck out two batters in the top of the seventh to give the Noles its 10th win of the season.

Six Noles recorded hits and four different Noles picked up an RBI. Mudge extended her hitting streak to eight games and now has reached base in 12 out of the Seminoles’ 13 games this season.

In the circle, Madi Balk earned her first career start and went two innings while not surrendering a hit. Kathryn Sandercock came in and went 3.1 innings and struck out four batters. Reid was credited with her third win of the season after going 1.2 innings and recording three strikeouts.