It was a Saturday to celebrate in Florida State athletics. The Seminoles claimed a pair of ACC crowns as FSU softball and men’s track and field reigned supreme.
For the second straight day, FSU softball rallied with a magical sixth inning. One day after scoring three in the frame to rally past Duke, the third-seeded Seminoles scored four to top No. 5 Clemson on Saturday, 8-6.
A shallow fly ball from Kaley Mudge brought home the tying run to knot the game at 5-5. Three batters later, Mack Leonard blasted a 3-run home run to centerfield. The Tigers scored a run and brought the go-ahead run to the plate in the seventh, but Sam Russ lined out to end the contest.
Kalei Harding also homered for FSU in the win, finishing 2-for-2 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Devyn Flaherty also had two hits and two RBIs in the victory.
Russ homered for Clemson in the loss. McKenzie Clark was 4-for-4 with two RBIs. Alia Logoleo was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in the defeat.
For FSU, the victory gives it its seventh ACC title in eight conference tournaments. The Seminoles will almost certainly be a top-5 national seed. Harding, Flaherty, Leonard and Kathryn Sandercock were named to the ACC’s All-Tournament team.
The FSU men’s track and field team led virtually from the start at the ACC Outdoor Championships from Thursday to Saturday as they cruised to a second straight ACC outdoor title. The Seminoles claimed first place by a wide margin with 149 points. Virginia Tech finished second with 93 points.
Indoor national champion Trey Cunningham claimed the ACC crown in the 110-meter hurdles. Cunningham wasn’t the only Seminole to excel in the hurdles. James Rivera took ACC gold in the 400-meter hurdles.
DaeQwan Butler claimed ACC gold in the 400 meters. In the men’s 100 meters, FSU claimed four of the top five spots, headlined by winner, JoVaughn Martin. In the 10,000 meters, Ahmed Muhumed claimed a conference title.
Isaac Grimes and Jeremiah Davis claimed first and second, respectively, for FSU in the long jump.
On the women’s side, things were much more competitive, but FSU settled for third. The Seminoles finished with 99 points, behind Miami (108) and Duke (100.5).
FSU started Saturday strong with a win in the 4-by-100 relay. Edidiong Odiong took home a pair of ACC gold medals in the 100 meters and 200 meters.
In the much longer 800 meters, Ruby Stauber claimed first place for the Seminoles. FSU also claimed an ACC title in another distance race as Lauren Ryan cruised to victory in the 10,000 meters.
Following the stellar showing, FSU track and field athletes will now prepare for the NCAA East Preliminaries. Those last from May 25-28 in Bloomington, Ind.
Weekly Commitments: None
Weekly Decommitments: None
2023 Recruiting Class Ranking*: No. 14 nationally, second in ACC (6 total commitments)*
Big Picture: It was a quiet week for FSU, but the start of the regular season is a little more than three months away.
Weekly Commitments: None
Weekly Decommitments: None
2023 Recruiting Class Ranking*: N/A (0 total commitments)*
Big Picture: There was nothing doing this week for FSU hoops.
Ranking: No. 28 ITA
Past Week: (0-1), lost to Tennessee in Sweet 16 on Saturday, 4-0
Big Picture: A solid season came to an end in Knoxville. FSU reached the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2009.
Ranking: No. 35 ITA
Past Week: (0-1), lost to Florida in NCAA Tournament on Sunday, 4-1
Big Picture: FSU will settle for a second-round exit at the NCAA Tournament.
Track and Field
Ranking: Men No. 17 USTFCCCA, No. 3 South Region USTFCCCA; Women No. 4 South Region USTFCCCA
Past Week: Men finished first, women finished third at ACC Outdoor Championships
Upcoming: NCAA East Preliminaries (May 25-28)
Big Picture: FSU was spectacular at the ACC Outdoor Championships. The men claimed the title while the women finished in the top three.
Record: 52-5 (19-5 ACC)
Ranking: No. 3 NFCA Coaches Poll; No. 3 Softball America; No. 3 USA Softball; No. 3 D1Softball; No. 3 seed ACC Tournament
Past Week: (5-0), beat NC State on Sunday, 8-4; defeated NC State on Sunday in a contest that began on Saturday, 10-6; beat Virginia in ACC Tournament on Thursday, 5-3; defeated Duke in ACC Tournament semifinals on Friday, 8-6; beat Clemson in ACC Championship on Saturday, 8-6
Upcoming: vs. TBD (NCAA Tournament)
Recognitions: Kathryn Sandercock, P (ACC Pitcher of the Week, All-ACC first team, ACC All-Tournament team); Sydney Sherrill, IF (ACC Player of the Week, NFCA National Player of the Week, ACC Defensive Player of the Year, All-ACC first team); Kaley Mudge, OF (All-ACC first team); Mack Leonard, 1B (All-ACC first team, ACC All-Tournament team); Michaela Edenfield, C (All-ACC second team); Devyn Flaherty, IF (All-ACC second team, ACC All-Tournament team); Kalei Harding, OF (All-ACC second team, ACC All-Tournament team); Danielle Watson, P (All-ACC third team)
Big Picture: For the seventh time in eight ACC Tournaments, FSU claimed the conference crown. The Seminoles will almost certainly be a top-5 seed for the NCAA Tournament.
Record: 31-18 (14-12 ACC)
Ranking: No. 21 D1Baseball; No. 13 Baseball America; No. 27 Collegiate Baseball; No. 23 NCBWA
Past Week: (4-1), beat Boston College on Sunday, 8-1; beat Jacksonville on Tuesday, 2-1; defeated Jacksonville on Tuesday, 5-4; lost to Miami on Saturday, 8-2; beat Miami on Saturday, 6-4
Upcoming: vs. Miami (Sunday); at Florida (Tuesday); at North Carolina (Thursday); at North Carolina (Friday); at North Carolina (Saturday)
Recognitions: Bryce Hubbart, P (ACC Pitcher of the Week)
Big Picture: FSU can clinch at least a .500 finish in ACC play by taking the rubber game vs. Miami on Sunday. After a couple rivalry games, the Seminoles wrap up the regular season this week.
Ranking: No. 21 Golfweek; No. 22 GCAA Coaches Poll; No. 22 Golfstat
Past Week: Idle
Upcoming: NCAA Regionals (Monday-Wednesday)
Recognitions: Frederik Kjettrup (All-ACC)
Big Picture: The waiting is almost over. FSU men’s golf will begin its regional on Monday.
Ranking: No. 13 Golfweek; No. 15 WGCA Coaches Poll; No. 16 Golfstat
Past Week: Won at Tallahassee Regional
Upcoming: NCAA Championships (Friday-May 25)
Big Picture: Beatrice Wallin and FSU dominated the Tallahassee Regional. The Seminoles will now chase a national championship.
Ranking: No. 2 AVCA; No. 5 seed NCAA Tournament
Past Week: (1-1), beat UCLA in NCAA Championships on Sunday, 3-2; lost to USC in national championship on Sunday, 3-1
Big Picture: FSU made its third appearance in the national championship dual, but the Seminoles came up just short. FSU closes its stellar season as national runners-up.
*Rankings according to 247Sports Composite