FSU opens Elite Invitational with win over Tennessee

The sixth-ranked Florida State Seminole softball team (6-0) defeated No. 15 Tennessee (5-1) 9-3 on day one of the St. Pete Clearwater Elite Invitational.

Danielle Watson started and pitched six innings in the circle for the Seminoles. She struck out four batters, allowed five hits and three earned runs.

Kathryn Sandercock entered the game and pitched the final inning and did not allow a hit.

Kalei Harding and Mack Leonard had home runs for FSU. Harding got the Noles on the board in the first inning with a two-out, two-run home run. Leonard got on base with a two-out single to the shortstop before Harding stepped up to the plate and hit a bomb to left field.

The Seminoles put up a five-run spot on two hits and three Tennessee errors in the fourth inning. Michaela Edenfield started the inning off by reaching first on an error by the second baseman. After a walk and another error, Devyn Flaherty scored to make it 3-0. Another error by Tennessee scored D’Aun Riggs making it 4-0.

Leonard then stepped in the box with two on base and hit a three-run home run, her second of the year, giving FSU a 7-0 lead.

Tennessee bounced back in the top of the fifth and scored two runs on two hits and two errors. The Volunteers made it 7-3 in the sixth. Ivy Davis led the inning off with a single to third base and advanced to third after a pair of wild pitches. She was then sent home after Lair Beautae sent a ball to left field for a sacrifice fly.

FSU finished off the game by putting up two runs in the sixth inning. The Noles loaded the bases with no outs and then Autumn Belviy was hit by a pitch to make it 8-3. Flaherty then singled to make it 9-3.

Scoring Summary 

B1 | Harding homered to left-center, scoring Leonard scored (Florida State 2, Tennessee 0)
B4 | Culp reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Flaherty (Florida State 3, Tennessee 0)
B4 | Riggs scored on an error by the catcher (Florida State 4, Tennessee 0)
B4 | Leonard homered to center field, scoring Mudge and Blankenship (Florida State 7, Tennessee 0)
T5 | Parsons reached on a fielding error, scoring Beautae (Florida State 7, Tennessee 1)
T5 | Ayala singled to left field, scoring Parsons (Florida State 7, Tennessee 2)
T6 | Beautae flew out to left field, scoring Davis (Florida State 7, Tennessee 3)
B6 | Belviy was hit by a pitch, scoring Kerr (Florida State 8, Tennessee 3)
B6 | Flaherty singled to second base scoring Mudge.

Up Next: FSU vs. Texas

Florida State takes on No. 9 Texas on Friday at 1 p.m. on ESPNU.