The fourth-ranked Florida State softball team captured the series over North Carolina on Easter Sunday with a 9-2 win.
FSU (39-5, 13-5 ACC) has now won five of six ACC series.
Florida State got off to a quick start in game three, scoring two runs in the first inning off a Mack Leonard home run, her fifth of the season. Sydney Sherrill walked with one out and four pitches later Leonard hit a no-doubter to center field on a ball low in the zone.
The Noles put up two more runs in the third inning on back-to-back doubles by Sherrill and Leonard. Brooke Blankenship led off the inning with a single through the left side and then advanced to second after Kaley Mudge grounded out to first base. Sherrill then doubled to right field to score Blankenship and after a pitching change, Leonard did the same to score Sherrill.
North Carolina (22-22, 6-12) got on the board in the bottom of the fourth, scoring two runs on three hits. Sara Jubas and Skyler Brooks started off the inning with a pair of singles. They advanced to second and third after a ground out to the shortstop. Kianna Jones then singled down the left-field line, scoring two runs.
The Seminoles extended their two-run lead to four in the sixth with a pair of solo home runs. Kalei Harding led off the inning with a solo shot to center field and two batters later Jahni Kerr did the same. It was Harding’s ninth home run of the season and Kerr’s fourth.
Florida State capped off the game with a three-run home run by Harding in the seventh inning. Mudge singled up the middle to start the inning and Sherrill walked before Harding hit her 10thhome run of the season.
Kathryn Sandercock retired the first nine Tar Heel batters in a row, striking out five of the first nine she faced on the way to her 22nd win of the season. Sandercock allowed just two runs on five hits while striking out a total of seven UNC batters in six innings. Leonard finished off the game, pitching the final inning without allowing a hit.
The FSU – UNC box score can be viewed here.
Florida State hosts Stetson on Tuesday at 5 p.m. The game will stream on ACC Network Extra.