TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In a postseason slugfest that came down to the final out, No. 4 Florida State (54-8) came from behind to defeat No. 21 South Carolina (38-19) by a score of 7-6 on Sunday to win the NCAA Tallahassee Regional and advance to the Super Regional round for the seventh consecutive season.
Makinzy Herzog drove in the game-winning run with a two-out, two-run single to center in the top of the sixth inning. The freshman drove in a team-high eight RBI on the weekend and allowed just one hit and zero walks with four strikeouts with a victory in the circle, as well.
The Seminoles will host No. 13 Oklahoma State (42-14) in the NCAA Tallahassee Super Regional this coming weekend on May 23-26. The specific dates and times for the three-day Super Regional will not be determined until the conclusion of the entire NCAA Regional round.
For the Regional, the Seminoles posted a .887 slugging percentage as a team, recording eight doubles and 10 home runs, as 18 of the 25 hits on the weekend went for extra bases. Florida State scored a run in three of its seven offensive innings on Sunday, and the Noles have brought in at least one run in 16 of their last 23 times at the plate.
“First of all, I’d like to congratulate Bethune-Cookman, USF and South Carolina for getting to a regional,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “It is hard to reach the postseason and getting harder as the game is getting so much better from coast-to-coast. Big fan of South Carolina and always have been. They have an amazing coaching staff and players that play with a lot of heart. And that was a heartfelt game every pitch.
“Really proud of our team right now. Of course, we are happy to be on the winning side, but the fight we saw was outstanding. We got sucker punched and haven’t been down like that in the fifth inning, but the team came together and played as Team 36 this afternoon.”
Tickets for the NCAA Super Regional will go on sale Monday, May 20 and can be ordered either on Seminoles.com, by calling 1-888-FSU-NOLE, or at the ticket office at JoAnne Graf Field on each game day. The main FSU ticket office is located at Gate B on the west side of Doak Campbell Stadium and the office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. ET.
Fans can listen to the FSU softball coaching staff, head coach Lonni Alameda and assistant coaches Travis Wilson and Craig Snider, on their weekly podcast: Coaches and Coffee – The FSU Softball Podcast. Each week, the coaches talk about the current state of the Seminole softball team, chat about NCAA softball from around the country, and have a lot of fun along the way. The podcast can be found on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, or directly at our website – fsusoftballpodcast.wordpress.com.
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