TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The No. 15 Florida State softball team (10-3) swept both of its games in the Unconquered Invitational on Saturday, defeating FGCU (5-7) 4-1 and Southeastern Louisiana (6-6) 3-0 to finish the weekend a perfect 3-0.
Game 1 – Florida State 4, FGCU 1
Sydney Sherrill made history with her fifth-inning double, breaking the program’s career record with the 52nd of her career. The shot off the right field wall, which also moved her into sole possession of fifth on the ACC’s all-time career list, brought home two runs and gave FSU a 4-0 lead.
Kathryn Sandercock earned the win in the circle, tossing the final 4.0 innings and allowing only two hits and one run with three strikeouts. Starting pitcher Danielle Watson recorded six strikeouts and allowed no runs in three-plus innings of work.
The Seminoles got on the board early when Kaley Mudge’s sacrifice fly to center scored Kiersten Landers from third for a 1-0 FSU lead. Another sacrifice fly in the fifth, this time from Kalei Harding scoring Elizabeth Mason from third, extended the lead to 2-0.
Game 2 – Florida State 3, Southeastern Louisiana 0
Senior Caylan Arnold threw 5.0 no-hit innings and registered a season-high nine strikeouts to earn the win. Arnold, who recorded at least one strikeout in each inning, retired the first 11 batters she faced and struck out the side in the third inning. She only allowed two baserunners, one reaching on a hit-by-pitch and the other on an error.
Florida State struck early, taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second courtesy of a two-out single from Anna Shelnutt that scored Sydney Sherrill from second. The Seminoles added two insurance runs in their final at-bat after loading the bases with two outs in the bottom of the sixth. A wild pitch scored Kiersten Landers from third and a throwing error by the catcher allowed Sherrill to come around from second to give FSU a 3-0 lead and provide the final margin.
Emma Wilson started the game and threw 2.0 shutout innings. Southeastern Louisiana loaded the bases in the top of the first with three straight singles to lead off the game, but Wilson recorded two strikeouts sandwiched around a flyout to left field to quash the threat with no runs scored.
From Head Coach Lonni Alameda:
“We had a good pitching performance today. All the pitchers came out and got after it. It’s nice to see Sydney swing the bat and get the career doubles record. She’s been huge for this program and is a huge leader so it was really cool to see that. Now we get a couple of days to work on some things and get ready for next week.”
Florida State has a two-game series with in-state rival Florida next weekend. The Seminoles travel to Florida on Friday (3:30 p.m. on SEC Network) and host the Gators on Saturday (6:00 p.m. on ACCNX).
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