The Florida State softball team clinched its first ACC series, jumped ahead early and recorded a 5-1 victory over Syracuse on Saturday-afternoon.
The Seminoles (23-6, 2-0) have now won 25 straight games against the Orange and have not lost an ACC opening series since 2007.
Allison Royalty (6-0) threw four innings and gave up one earned run on two hits and a walk. She struckout three batters.
Makenna Reid closed the game and threw three shutout innings. Reid didn’t allow a hit, registered a strikeout and hit a batter as she picked up her second save.
Jahni Kerr had a two-run single in the first inning. Kaley Mudge got an RBI groundout in the second inning. Michaela Edenfield got an RBI groundout in the fifth inning and Bethany Keen hit an RBI double later in the inning.
Kerr went 2 for 3 with a run scored and increased her batting average to .354.
Devyn Flaherty went 2 for 2 with a run scored, raising her batting average to .294.
Syracuse fell to 7-13, 0-5.
FSU will host Syracuse in the series finale on Sunday at 2 p.m. on ACC Network.