FSU rallies in sixth to take down Clemson for 18th ACC title

Florida State’s dominance of the ACC is back.

Kathryn Sandercock gave up just a run in relief, throwing 3.2 innings and scattering six hits, as the Seminoles defeated Clemson 8-6 on Saturday afternoon to win the ACC Tournament title in Pittsburgh. It was FSU’s 18th ACC title and follows up a run of six straight league titles from 2014-19.

“Really proud of our team,” FSU coach Lonni Alameda said. “Definitely have been talking about fight all season long. Kind of next man up mentality. … Excited for Florida State to hoist the trophy again.”

Kaley Mudge had a sacrifice fly and Mack Leonard later had a three-run home run as FSU (52-5) broke the game open in the bottom of the sixth. Leonard was one of the Missouri Valley Conference’s top players but now enjoys an ACC title and a chance to enjoy a long postseason with the Seminoles.

“I never felt an emotion like this to play for something beyond a conference tournament,” Leonard said. “For me emotions are just everywhere.”

Kalei Harding had a solo home run, her 15th of the season, and an RBI single while also scoring three runs.

Leonard started the game and allowed three runs (two earned) in 1.1 innings, in part due to fielding errors by Harding at first (who is normally in right field). But Harding also made up for it with her performance at the plate.Danielle Watson then allowed two earned runs in two innings.

FSU also swept the season series with Clemson, taking all three games in Tallahassee on April 21-23.

Box score

The FSU – Clemson box score can be viewed here.

Up next

FSU will host a regional next weekend in Tallahassee. The NCAA selection show for the 64-team tournament will be announced on Sunday at 7 p.m. (ESPN2).

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