Florida State Seminoles softball concluded the regular season last weekend in Raleigh, sweeping the Wolfpack to earn one final conference series win.
The Seminoles followed that up with wins over Virginia and Duke in the ACC Tournament, en route to an ACC Championship game matchup with the Clemson Tigers, who FSU swept during the regular season.
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No runs crossed for the Hoos in the 6th after Sandercock allowed a single. In the bottom half, Kalei Harding led off with a solo homerun that cleared the scoreboard. A strikeout brought up Flaherty, who also sent the ball out of the park, prompting the Hoos to bring in Aly Rayle for Grube. Rayle kept runners from reaching as she recorded a line out and strike out.
In the final chance inning for Virginia, Mack Leonard entered in the circle. A lead off followed by a double a single ended the shutout. Sandercock re-entered with no outs and runners at the corners and got the first out via a groundout. A single allowed another run and a fielder’s choice put two outs on the board. The two out double put the Hoos two runs away from a tie, but it was shut down as Sandercock got the last batter to fly out.
‘Noles took the opening game 5-3 over Virginia
In the bottom of the 2nd, Watson got two outs and a single, which was brought in from a double from Ana Gold. The score remained with the ‘Noles up by four going into the bottom of the 4th. A solo home run and a 2 run homerun from the Blue Devils cut into the lead, putting them down by a run. Kathryn Sandercock came on in relief of Watson and got two outs to end the inning.
For the bottom of the 5th, two singles and an intentional walk loaded the bases with two outs for Duke. Down by a run, Caroline Jacobsen singled to bring in two runs and give her team the first lead of the game.
In the top half of the 6th, Michaela Edenfield started it off with a single against Jala Wright, who entered for St. George in the 3rd. An out was put on the board as Amaya Ross was called out at second after Hallie Wacaser reached on the fielder’s choice. Autumn Belviy came in for Wacaser, and she took second base. Josie Muffley reached on the fielder’s choice that allowed herself to reach second, and allowed Belviy to go to third. Mudge tied up the game after a chopper on the infield that brought the run home.
Clemson Tigers over the last 4 games
The Tigers and ‘Noles met for the very first time in program history last month, with the ‘Noles sweeping the Tigers. Since FSU’s win, John Rittman’s squad has won their last four games — a win against East Tennessee State and a sweep of Georgia Tech. The Tigers defeated Notre Dame and Virginia Tech en route to the title game.
- Valerie Cagle: .462 BA / 6 H / 2 R / 4 RBI ; 7 IP / 1 H / 1 BB / 10 SO
- Millie Thompson: 13 IP / 9 H / 1 R / 2 BB / 12 SO
- Mackenzie Clark: .417 BA / 5 H / 2 R / 3 RBI
- Marissa Guimbarda: .200 BA / 2 H / 1 R / 5 RBI
- Cammy Pereira: .357 BA / 5 H / 4 R / 2 RBI
How to Watch
Clemson: Saturday May 14 at 1 p.m. on ESPN
This will be updated as FSU continues through the tournament
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