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Seminoles reach their 11th straight regional final with a 5-1 win over UCF

TALLAHASSEE – The No. 15 Florida State softball team (45-14) used an all-around performance in a 5-1 victory over UCF (31-24) to advance to its 11th consecutive regional final on Saturday night at JoAnne Graf Field.

After the start time was delayed by four hours due to bad weather, both teams went down in order in the first inning. FSU got the offense going Michaela Edenfield hit a one-out double down the right field line to put her in scoring position. Devyn Flaherty Single to second base to put runners on the corners, and Jahni Kerr went to load the bases Amaya Ross. Ross hit a fly ball deep enough to score Edenfield and give the Noles the lead. Hallie Wacaser was hit by a bases-loading pitch and a wild pitch, and an error allowed Flaherty and Kerr to both score. Kaley Mudge And Jaysoni Beachum Both drew a walk to load the bases for Harding, who hit a double off the wall to score two more runs, giving the Noles a 5-0 lead.

The Seminoles have put together a master class that showcases the pitching and defensive aspects of the game. Mimi Gooden improved to 5-1 this season as she pitched 4.1 innings and allowed just one run on three hits while striking out one in her first career NCAA Tournament appearance. Gooden retired nine consecutive batters in the second and fourth innings to keep the Knights at bay. Ashtyn Danley came off the bench in the fifth inning, played the final 2.2 innings and allowed just one hit during her time in the circle.

FSU is scheduled to play tomorrow at 4 p.m. The Seminoles will face the winner of Game 5 of the Tallahassee Regional, scheduled to begin Saturday night at 10 p.m.

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Anna Harden

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