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Florida State shuts down Hofstra and Indiana

TALLAHASSEE, Florida. – The third-ranked Florida State Seminoles (13-0) opened the Unconquered Invitational with a 3-0 win over Hofstra (0-6) and a 9-0 win over Indiana (3-3).

Game 1: #3 Florida State 3, Hofstra 0

Danielle Watson kicked off a masterclass game for the Seminoles. Watson pitched a full game, allowed just one hit, four walks, and allowed no runs. On top of that, Watson shattered his career high in strikeouts with 11K today.

Watson, who had 30 strikeouts all season before the game against Hofstra, broke both his season high (eight strikeouts against Mercer on 2/11/21) and his career high (nine strikeouts at bat against NC State last season) with his dominating performances today. This performance included an incredible stretch during the 4and and 5and inning in which Watson struck out six consecutive Hofstra batters.

Offensively, the Seminoles had a relatively quiet game compared to the rest of the season. The Noles only managed three runs on five hits and five walks in the first game of the day.

That didn’t stop redshirt rookie Michaela Edenfield from hitting an absolute bomb that almost landed in a garage in witty fashion in the bottom of the first run. That home run gave the Seminoles a 2-0 run as second Kalei Harding had walked at bat before.

Edenfield Homer added to its team-leading total with five home runs this season with just twelve games played. Five homers on the season is three more than any other Seminole so far this season (Kalei Harding and Mack Leonard are both tied for second with two).

Later in the third inning, after Mack Leonard walked for the fifth time this season, it was Kalei Harding’s turn to drive a runner as she hit the only other extra hit of the Seminole game with a brace which led Harding who made it 3-0 for the rest of the game.

Elsewhere throughout the game, Edenfield hit another single and was hit by a pitch, junior Devyn Flaherty hit a single and fellow junior Kaia LoPreste got a hit.

Scoring Summary

B1 | Edenfield homered, scoring Harding (Florida State 2, Hofstra 0)

B3 | Harding doubled up, scoring Leonard (Florida State 3, Hofstra 0)

Game 2 #3 Florida State 9, Indiana 0

Kathryn Sandercock got the start in Game 2 of the day for the Florida State Seminoles against the Indiana Hoosiers. Sandercock threw a five-inning gem as she held the Hoosiers to zero runs, two hits, zero walks and five strikeouts in the Seminoles’ 9-0 victory.

Scoring was easy for the Seminoles this game as Devyn Flaherty hit her first home run of the season late in the first inning. It was a three-point shot to center field that scored Kalei Harding and Michaela Edenfield who reached base via a walk and a fielder’s choice earlier in the inning.

While the Noles went scoreless in the second and third innings, the fourth inning is where the Seminoles ran away with the game. After Hallie Wacaser picked and was replaced by Autumn Belviy initially, Josie Muffley opted to put two runners on base for the Seminoles. Jahni Kerr doubled deep down the center field, scoring Belviy to make it 4-0.

With a 4-0 lead and still having two runners on base, Mack Leonard walked in making the loaded bases with just one out in the inning. Harding then scored on a Hoosiers error to take a 5-0 lead. With the bases loaded, Edenfield went up to bat and on a 2-0 pitch, crushed a grand slam to take a 9-0 lead for the Seminoles.

The Edenfield homer was her second of the day as she had one earlier against Hofstra, and extended her team lead to six homers this season. After the fourth inning ended, Sandercock allowed a double, but then struck out two of the last three batters to win the game for the Seminoles.

Scoring Summary

B1 | Home run by Flaherty, scoring Harding and Edenfield (Florida State 3, Indiana 0)

B4 | Kerr doubled up, scoring Belviy (Florida State 4, Indiana 0)

B4 | Harding reaches on an error, scoring Muffley (Florida State 5, Indiana 0)

B4 | Edenfield Grand Slam, scoring Harding, Leonard and Kerr (Florida State 9, Indiana 0)

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