FSU softball looks for clean sweep in Dugout Club Classic Tournament

2023 NCAA Division I Softball Championship
2023 NCAA Division I Softball Championship / Ian Maule/GettyImages

FSU softball improved to 9-3 Friday with a doubleheader sweep over Charleston Southern in the Dugout Club Classic. The Noles will look to complete the tournament undefeated when they finish with a doubleheader against Nicholls (10-5) on Saturday afternoon. The Colonels took a doubleheader win over FIU Saturday and have won five consecutive games. Their offense comes into the game batting .337, with a .407 on-base percentage. They only strike out in 10.5 percent of their at-bats and have swiped 35 of 41 stolen base attempts. Their pitchers bring a 2.22 ERA into the series, and opposing batters hit .215, with 56 strikeouts and 26 walks in 91.1 innings. Defensively, they bring a .967 fielding percentage into the series. The numbers lie a bit here because Nicholls got smoked against the only Power 5 team they played this season (LSU, 0-8 in five innings).

The FSU offense continues to put up impressive numbers this season, and the pitching has found some consistency lately. The defense has yet to field a clean sheet this season, so that's something I'm looking for as the team continues to gel. Coach Lonni Alameda continues to mix and match on the mound, allowing several pitchers to log innings and gain experience. They had 10 strikeouts against three walks against Charleston Southern, with only six hits allowed in the doubleheader. Several pitchers taking the mound will likely be the case on Saturday since the Noles won't be playing until March 1st. Nearly all the FSU pitchers were efficient with their pitches and threw strikes Friday. We'll see if that continues on Saturday, Coach Alameda mentioned it was something they had been working on since the Clearwater Classic. The first game will begin at 3 p.m. ET and will air on ACCNX. The second game will begin 30 minutes after the first game ends.

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