FSU softball didn't start the season how everyone expected, with a 5-6 10-inning loss against Charlotte. However, they rebounded to win the next four games in the JoAnne Graf Classic. They avenged the loss to Charlotte with an 11-0 mercy rule game the next day. They had a come-from-behind walk-off win over Texas Tech and dominated their Tallahassee neighbors, FAMU in two games. I wrote about the challenges this team will face in 2024 with so many newcomers and the loss of one of the best FSU pitchers in recent history, Kathryn Sandercock. I know fans want the team to win every game. The coaches want to win every game. However, the early part of the season is all about figuring out the right lineups, when to make the substitutions, and who performs well in what situations. It takes time to do that with many new faces. This team will likely look much different in a month when the roles are more defined. FSU has a tough task in the Shriners Clearwater Invitational this week. The coaching staff will learn much more as the Noles take on several top-10 teams over a few days. Here are three major takeaways from the JoAnne Graf Classic.
FSU offense will score
I think we knew that would be the case going into the season with too much offensive firepower returning. Aside from the opening game loss, where the ladies seem to press and not show patience at the plate, the offense has looked like a typical FSU offense under Coach Alameda. They have shown power, excellent baserunning, and the ability to get on base via walks or sheer putting the ball in play. That's with players like Kaley Mudge playing limited innings due to injury or other veterans resting while many young players get playing time.