Written By: YSPN360
May 18, 2018
By the time the top of the sixth inning of the ACC Softball Championship had ended, the
No. 7 Florida St. Seminoles had become the focal point of unwanted fodder—rumblings of an upset at the hands of the Pittsburgh Panthers, you say?
It was an inning to forget—though probably forever remembered by the Seminoles’ players, coaches, and fans for quite some time. One. Two. Three. The runs came in a rush, with seemingly nothing going the Seminoles’ way. Four! It was one of those moments in sports, a When it Rains it Pours type of surge that is often insurmountable and deflates the collective confidence. The Seminoles wanted to go left, while everything for the Panthers went right (literally and, yeah, you get it.).
Six outs to go, the Seminoles were down 4-0.
They managed to score a run in the bottom of the sixth, and they held the Panthers in the top of the seventh. The upset clouds still looming, the Seminoles headed into the bottom of half of the inning needing three runs to tie, four to end it.
Sydney Sherrill didn’t waste time setting the table, leading off the seventh with a single. Zoe Casas and Elizabeth Mason both drew one-out walks. One fielder’s choice later, it was 4-2, with two runners on base. But the Seminoles were down to the final out and, again, on the verge of some NOT Top 10 Sportscenter material.
Then, Anna Shelnutt stepped to the plate. The rest, as they say, is history—that will be forever remembered by the Seminoles’ players, coaches, and fans for quite some time: a three-run, walk-off round-tripper, 5-4…Seminoles.
Congrats to Coach Lonni Alameda and the Lady Seminoles for reminding us to NEVER quit!