FSU outslugs Duke to advance to ACC softball title game

Kaley Mudge had an RBI single and Sydney Sherrill followed with a two-run double as Florida State scored three runs in the sixth inning to defeat Duke 8-6 and reach the ACC Tournament championship title game.

Chloe Culp and Kalei Harding had no-doubt home runs as FSU had a five-run second inning. Harding’s 14th home run of the season soared over the scoreboard in left field. Mudge, Harding and Michaela Edenfield each had two hits for the Seminoles (51-5).

“Awesome team win,” FSU coach Lonni Alameda said. “That’s a great Duke club. Knew it was going to be a boxing match, throwing punches left and right. The offense came to get after it today.”

Duke (41-8) had taken a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the fifth on Caroline Jacobsen’s two-run single.

FSU will play Clemson on Saturday at 1 p.m. (ESPN) for the title. The Seminoles won six straight ACC titles from 2014-19 before the streak was halted by, yes, Duke in 2021.

Kathryn Sandercock (28-1) entered the game in the fourth and pitched 3.2 innings, scattering four hits and giving up a walk to go with two earned runs but recording six strikeouts. Danielle Watson started and gave up four runs in 3.1 innings.

Box score: FSU 8, Duke 6

The FSU – Duke box score can be viewed here.

Selection Sunday

The NCAA Tournament field will be announced on Sunday at 7 p.m.