FSU softball is the favorite to win the ACC once again and enters 2024 season ranked among the top five in nearly every national softball poll. Outside of losing ace Kathryn Sandercock, who is impossible to replace, FSU might have a more potent offensive lineup. Will phenom Makenna Reid take the next step in her evolution as the ace with Sandercock gone? Can Royalty find consistency similar to what Mack Leonard provided last year? Can FSU improve defensively over last year?
They were not terrible, with a .969 fielding percentage, but it could be better. If they can find consistency at third-base and shortstop, that would remedy much of their issues from last year, while filling the defensive void left by the exit of Muffley at shortstop. Overall, I expect the offensive to be more consistent, potentially with more power. That would provide more margin for error inside the circle from FSU pitchers without Kathryn Sandercock. It should be another exciting year for the ladies, and they'll get their season underway on Thursday, February 8, against Charlotte at 6 p.m. in Tallahassee.