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No. 3 FSU Softball in ACC Chamionship: Duke preview, how to watch

Seminoles take down Syracuse & Virginia Tech, set to face Duke

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Florida State softball has now completed the regular season, and yet another dominate ACC series against the Louisville Cardinals. In the first game over a tough ACC opponent, the Seminoles claimed the regular season title. This weekend, they look to claim the tournament title.

FSU has claimed 18 ACC Tournament titles, and 7 of the last 8. With the win last season, they have outscore the opposition 449-185 in just title weekend. If they claim the title, they will continue their dominance over the conference, with a possible 14th regular season and tournament title sweep. With wins against Syracuse and Virginia Tech, they will play for the title against Duke.

Remembering the Blue Devils

In March, FSU went to Durham for the first time to visit the Duke Softball Complex. In the trip, FSU took 2 of 3 from the Blue Devils, outscoring the opposition 12-6. Since that meeting, Duke won 2 of 3 at Virginia Tech, swept Boston College, Pitt and Georgia Tech. In this ACC Tournament, they have beaten Georgia Tech as well as no hitting Clemson.

Leading the charge in terms of batting average is freshman D’Auana Jennings who is the only Duke player batting above .400. In her outings she has 44 R, 72 H, 6 2B and 16 RBI. Ana Gold is still the leading RBI producer, as well as homerun threat. Gold has a .297 BA, 54 RBI and 18 HR. Right behind Gold in long balls is Aminah Vega, with 12 and a .379 average.

Shaping up to be the last season ace is Cassidy Curd. The freshman no hit Clemson in the quarter finals, and holds a 1.55 ERA in 108.2 innings and 136 SO. Jala Wright, the most established arm on staff, has herself a 2.49 ERA and 126.1 innings, 98 h, 64 R, 123 SO.

Seminole Headlines

  • Kathryn Sandercock was named ACC Pitcher of the Year, while Lonni Alameda was named ACC Coach of the Year.
  • ALL ACC First Team: Kathryn Sandercock, Jahni Kerr
  • ALL ACC Second Team: Kaley Mudge, Makenna Reid (All Freshman Team), Michaela Edenfield, Devyn Flaherty
  • ALL ACC Third Team: Kalei Harding, Mack Leonard
  • Sandercock was also drafted to her second professional softball league, as Athletes Unlimited chose her as the lone Seminole. It is now up for her to decide which league will be her new professional home.
  • Makenna Reid is a Top 10 finalist for Freshman of the Year

Stat Comparison

Batting Average: DU(.324), FSU (.313)

On Base Percentage: DU(.397), FSU (.411)

ERA: DU (2.08), FSU (1.74)

Scoring: DU (6.22), FSU (6.37)

Where to Watch

Saturday May 13th, 1 PM ESPN2

This article will be updated as FSU moves throughout the ACC Tournament