PITTSBURGH, Pa. (SEMINOLES.COM) — No. 3 Florida State (50-5) advanced to the ACC Tournament semifinals with a 5-3 win over Virginia (27-24) on Thursday night.
After three and a half scoreless innings the Seminoles got on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning with a pair of runs. Sydney Sherrill led off the inning with a double to left center field and then advanced to third on a ground ball back to the pitcher by Kalei Harding. Mack Leonard then sent her home on a sacrifice fly to center field. FSU extended its lead to two after Devyn Flaherty doubled to left field and then scored after Jahni Kerr singled to right field.
The Garnet and Gold extended their lead to three after five innings. Chloe Culp led off the inning with a single and was replaced by pinch runner Amaya Ross. Ross then stole second and advance to third on a ground out. Kaley Mudge sent Ross home after slapping a ground ball to the shortstop.
The Seminoles opened up the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning with a pair of solo home runs by Harding and Flaherty. Harding hit a home run over the scoreboard in left field and Flaherty hit a line drive straight off the scoreboard.
Virginia was able to cut the lead down to two in the top of the seventh inning but that was not enough as the Noles would win 5-3.
Kathryn Sandercock started and pitched the first six innings of the game before being replaced by Mack Leonard who would not record an out before Sandercock would enter back into the game. Sandercock would allow only five hits and no runs while striking out three Virginia batters in seven innings of work. She improved to 27-1 on the season.
Florida State will play Duke tomorrow at 3:30 PM on the ACC Network with a shot to go to the ACC Championship game.
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