Sandercock, FSU hold off Virginia’s seventh-inning rally

Kathryn Sandercock pitched six shutout innings and then re-entered in the seventh to secure Florida State’s 5-3 win over Virginia on Thursday night in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals at Pittsburgh.

Sandercock (27-1) had three strikeouts and did not allow a walk.

FSU broke the game open with a three-run fifth inning. Sydney Sherrill led off the inning with a double and later scored the Seminoles’ first run. Jahni Kerr had an RBI single and Kaley Mudge an RBI groundout as FSU took a comfortable edge.

Kalei Harding and Devyn Flaherty added home runs in the sixth inning to extend FSU’s lead. As it turned out, the Seminoles would need those insurance runs in the seventh.

Mack Leonard came into relieve in the seventh and faced three batters, without recording an out, before being replaced by Sandercock. Virginia scored three runs in the seventh and had runners on second and third before Sandercock induced a pop up to end the game.

Flaherty went 2 for 3 with two runs scored.

Box score

The FSU – Virginia box score can be viewed here.

Up next

FSU (50-5) will play Duke on Friday at 3:30 p.m. (ACC Network) in the semifinals. Virginia Tech and Clemson will face off in the first semifinal at 1 p.m. (ACC Network).