Florida State honored three seniors — Maegan Tomlinson, Sydney Sherill and Danielle Watson — and the Noles used consistent offense, an explosive third inning and exceptional pitching from Mack Leonard and Kathryn Sandercock to beat Clemson 6-0.
The win completes a sweep over the 17th-ranked Tigers and also clinched the best start in school history at 43-5.
At JoAnne Graf Field Saturday afternoon, 1,573 spectators came to watch the senior day celebrations and Seminole victory. The crowd was the 10th largest for a game at JoAnne Graf Field. Tomlinson got the first start of her career for Senior Day.
Mack Leonard started the game and pitched 3.2 innings, allowing no runs on two hits with one strikeout. Kathryn Sandercock (23-1) pitched 2.1 innings and kept the Tigers scoreless while only allowing one hit and getting two strikeouts. Emma Wilson came into the game in the top of the seventh inning for the Seminoles and got the first two outs. Watson came in to get the last out on Senior Day.
In the top of the second, Devyn Flaherty was hit by a pitch and immediately stole second base. When Jahni Kerr stepped up to the plate, she hit a single to center field to give the Seminoles a 1-0 lead and the team never looked back.
In the bottom of the third inning, Kaley Mudge got the Noles started with a single, and she immediately advanced to second on a throwing error. Kalei Harding stepped up to bat, hitting a single to left field to score Mudge and give the Noles a 2-0 lead.
With only one out in the inning, it was Flaherty’s turn, as she hit a single to right field that drove in Harding and gave FSU a 3-0 lead. In the very next at-bat, Michaela Edenfield hit her team-leading 16th home run, a two-run shot that hit the left-field foul pole and scored Flaherty, giving FSU a 5-0 lead.
The scoring wasn’t quite finished for the Seminoles as the bottom of the fourth began with an Amaya Ross double and she advanced to third on a passed ball. Sydney Sherrill had a sacrifice fly to score Ross and extend the lead to 6-0 lead.
Box score: FSU 6, Clemson 0
The FSU – Clemson box score can be viewed here.
The Seminoles will be back in Tallahassee next for a top-10 matchup as they take on No. 7 Oklahoma State. The first game of the series is Thursday at 7 p.m. (ESPN2).