Seminoles shine on senior day to sweep Clemson 6-0
TALLAHASSEE, Florida. – During a day in honor of the three Seminole graduates; Maegan Tomlinson, Sydney Sherill and Danielle Watson, the Noles used consistent offense, an explosive third inning and exceptional shooting from Mack Leonard and Kathryn Sandercock to beat the Clemson Tigers 6-0. The win completes their sweep over the 17th-ranked Tigers. Today’s victory also secured the school’s best start in school history with a 43-5 record.
At JoAnne Graf Field on Saturday afternoon, 1,573 fans came out to watch the celebrations of Seniors Day and the Seminole victory. The crowd was the tenth-largest for a game at JoAnne Graf Field in program history. Tomlinson got the first start of his career for Senior Day.
Mack Leonard started the game and pitched 3.2 innings while allowing zero runs on two hits with one strikeout. Kathryn Sandercock pitched 2.1 innings and kept the Tigers scoreless while allowing just one hit and earning two strikeouts. Emma Wilson entered the game in the top of the seventh inning for the Seminoles and got the first two outs. Danielle Watson came in to take out the last on Senior Citizens Day.
The match opened with a scoreless first inning. In the top of the second, Devyn Flaherty was hit by a pitch and immediately stole second base. When Jahni Kerr stepped in, she hit a single to center field to give the Seminoles a 1-0 lead and the team never looked back.
Late in the third inning, Kaley Mudge pitched the Noles with a single and immediately advanced to second on a pitching error. Kalei Harding came up to bat, hitting a single to left field to score Mudge and give the Noles a 2-0 lead.
With just one out in the inning, it was Flaherty’s turn to score a run for the Seminoles, as she hit a right-hand single that drove Harding in and gave the team a 3-0 lead. At the very next at bat, Michaela Edenfield hit her team-leading 16and home run, this time a two-run shot that hit the left-field foul post and tagged Flaherty, giving FSU a 5-0 lead.
The scoring wasn’t quite over for the Seminoles, as the bottom of fourth started with a brace from Amaya Ross and an early lead to third after a passed ball. It was then time for senior Sydney Sherrill to fire up a run as she hit a deep sacrificial fly to tag Ross and propel the Seminoles to a 6-0 lead which solidified the final score of the day.
The Seminoles will then be back in town for a top-10 game as they take on No. 7 Oklahoma State. Game 1 of the series is Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
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