FSU softball (2-1) didn't have it on defense or the mound Saturday afternoon. However, the offense kept fighting, and freshman Isa Torres got the game-winning hit in the bottom of the seventh inning with the bases loaded to lead the Noles past the Texas Tech Red Raiders 9-8. The Noles trailed 8-7 going into he bottom of the inning. Kalei Harding grounded out to lead off the inning. Hallie Wacaser drew a walk and Devyn Flaherty hit a single to put runners on first and second base. Amaya Ross popped up for the second out, and Jaysoni Beachum drew a walk to load the bases for Torrest. Torres ripped an outside pitch up the middle to score Wacaser and Flaherty for the game-winner.
FSU pitching only allowed three earned runs but allowed 11 hits and two walks. The FSU defense had two costly errors. Allison Royalty picked up her second win in as many games with 2.1 innings of scoreless ball. She allowed three hits, zero walks, and struck out one batter. Freshman Ashtyn Danly got the start and went .2 innings, allowing three hits and two runs (one earned). Emma Wilson was solid in three innings pitched, allowing one earned run, zero walks, and striking out two. Makenna Reid continues to struggle and doesn't have a lot of confidence inside the circle. Reid is not getting ahead in the count consistently enough and needs to develop an offspeed pitch since batters seem to sit on her fastball.
Jahni Kerr went 2-4 with four RBI. Amaya Ross went 2-4 with an RBI. The Noles will be back in action Saturday afternoon against FAMU. The Rattlers are traditionally a scrappy team, and FSU needs to find some consistency on the mound with Makeena Reid and Ashtyn Danley. Hopefully, the bats can stay hot until the Noles can figure it out on the mound.