FSU softball: How can the Noles beat Oklahoma for a national title?

Florida State Seminoles head coach celebrates her team's big win with the players. The Florida State Seminoles celebrate their victory over the UNC Tar Heels for the ACC Softball Championship title Saturday, May 11, 2019.Fsu V Unc Acc Softball1283
Florida State Seminoles head coach celebrates her team's big win with the players. The Florida State Seminoles celebrate their victory over the UNC Tar Heels for the ACC Softball Championship title Saturday, May 11, 2019.Fsu V Unc Acc Softball1283 /
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Captializing on Mistakes

Everything in bold is either a FSU mistake or failure to capitalize in a favorable situation. 

First Inning (FSU batting)

Kaley Mudge is down 0-2 before working the count to 2-2 and grounding out. Devyn Flaherty gets down 1-2 before striking out. Kalei Harding gets down 1-2 before working the count full and flying out. All three FSU batters get behind in the count, and two of three took a first-pitch strike.

First Inning (Oklahoma batting)

The first Oklahoma batter gets ahead in the count 2-0, and then 3-1 before eventually flying out on a full count. The next batter grounds out on a 1-2 count. The third batter reaches base via an error on a 1-2 count. The next batter flies out on a full count after a 10-pitch at-bat.

Conclusion-FSU pitcher Kathryn Sandercock wasn’t as sharp that day as she has been lately. Getting behind in the count 2-0 and 3-1 is a recipe for disaster. Also, errors with two outs will come back to haunt you. FSU avoided damage that inning, but the percentages say that’s unlikely if you keep living that way. That was SIX mistakes in one inning.

Second Inning (FSU batting)

Michaela Edenfield struck out on three pitches, and Hallie Wacaser walked on four pitches. The next batter grounds into a double play on a 2-1 count. Credit to the pitcher and defense, but good hitters make pitchers pay in hitter counts.

Second Inning (Oklahoma batting)

The first Oklahoma batter singles on an 0-2 pitch. That’s a mistake. The next batter grounds into a fielder’s choice on a 3-1 count. FSU can’t live in hitter counts against Oklahoma. The next batter grounds out on an 0-2 count. Great job getting ahead in the count by the FSU pitcher. However, the next Oklahoma batter singles to drive in a run on a 0-1 count. The next batter doubles on the first pitch to put runners at first and third with two outs before the strikes out on a full count. However, that batter was in a 2-1 hitter’s count at one point in the at-bat.

Third Inning (FSU batting)

Mack Leonard grounds out on a 1-2 count. Jahni Kerr hits a home run on a 2-1 count. She took advantage of an Oklahoma pitching mistake. Josie Muffley struck out on three pitches, and Devyn Flaherty grounded out on a 0-1 count. Notice a trend? Get ahead in the count, and good things happen. Get behind in the count, and bad things happen.

Third inning (Oklahoma batting)

What did I say? The first Oklahoma batter hits a home run on a 2-0 count. The next Oklahoma batter hits a home run on a 0-1 count. The next batter pops up on a 2-0 count. The next batter singles on a 1-0 count. The next batter flies out on a 0-2 count. The next batter walks after having a 3-1 count. The next batter swings at the first pitch and grounds out. The trend there is the FSU pitcher was behind in the count a lot that inning and paid for it.

Fourth Inning (FSU batting)

The first FSU batter singles up the middle on a 1-2 count. That’s a mistake by the Oklahoma pitcher. The next batter, Michaela Edenfield, strikes out after having a 3-0 and 3-1 counts. Those are opportunities you can’t miss. The next batter singles on a 2-2 count before Katie Dack deposited a 2-1 pitch for a home run to make it 4-3 FSU. The next two FSU batters struck out after getting down in the count 0-2. It’s the little things, taking advantage of mistakes and avoiding getting behind in the count.

Fourth Inning (Oklahoma batting)

The first Oklahoma batter singled on a 1-2 count, and the next batter on a 3-1 count. That’s two mistakes by FSU pitchers. The next batter doubled on a 1-1 count to score a run(but got out on the play). The next batter singled on a 1-1 count to the pitcher to score another run for a 5-4 lead. The next batter lined out on a 1-2 count, and the next batter singled to center field on a 2-2 count to put runners at first and third with two outs. The next batter flew out on the first pitch.

Fifth Inning (FSU batting)

The first batter singled on a 1-1 count. The next batter got behind in the count 0-2 before working the count full and grounding out but moved the runner to second base. The next batter struck out after having a 2-1 count, and the last batter struck out on three pitches.

Fifth Inning (Oklahoma batting)

The first Oklahoma batter walked on four pitches, and the following batter singled on a 1-0 count to put runners on first and second with no outs. The runners moved to second and third base on a passed ball. Man, FSU is making mistake after mistake here. It’s runners on second and third base with NO outs. The next Oklahoma batter grounds out to first base unassisted on a 1-2 count, and they get the runner out at home trying to score. Oklahoma has a runner on third with two outs now, and the next batter grounds out on a 1-2 pitch. FSU was extremely lucky they didn’t get the doors blown off them there.

Sixth Inning (FSU batting)

The first batter got behind in the count 0-2 before striking out on a 1-2 count. The next batter did the same thing. The next batter struck out on three pitches.

Sixth Inning (Oklahoma batting)

The first Oklahoma batter grounded out on an 0-2 count. The next batter grounded out on a 1-0 count. The next batter doubled on a 2-1 count before the final batter struck out on three pitches.

Seventh Inning (FSU batting)

The first batter struck out on three pitches, and the next batter got out with a 1-2 count, and the final batter got out on 1-2 counts.

Oklahoma won the game 5-4.