March 17, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Head coach Lonni Alameda picked up her 300th victory by the end of Saturday’s doubleheader as the Florida State University softball team defeated Northwestern (1-0) and Fairfield (2-0) at the USF Under Armour Invitational at the Eddie C. Moore Complex.
As a head coach in her ninth season, including her fourth at FSU, Alameda earned her 300th victory by way of the position she coaches. Seminole pitchers Monica Perry (10-2), Lacey Waldrop (10-1) and Bailey Schinella combined to throw 14 shutout innings to continue their incredible play nearly halfway through the season.
“It is gratifying to reach my 300th win, and I’m proud to have done it at a great university,” Alameda said. “I really enjoy doing what I do everyday, and I owe any personal accomplishments to the wonderful players I’ve coached and the staffs I’ve worked with throughout the years.”
Against Northwestern, Perry recorded eight strikeouts and stretched her streak without allowing an earned run to 41.1 consecutive innings. The Whitesburg, Ga., native earned her third shutout of the season versus the Wildcats (8-13), at one point not allowing a hit to 20 straight batters faced. Perry is now 10-2 this season with a 0.72 ERA.
Waldrop pitched very well in FSU’s second win of the day over the Stags (8-6), throwing five innings and allowing three hits and six strikeouts. The Colonial Heights, Va., native stranded five Fairfield runners, including four in her first two innings pitched. The freshman improves to 10-1 with a 1.00 ERA in 2012.
Also reaching a milestone was Schinella, who recorded her fourth save of the season versus Fairfield to tie the FSU single-season record. The Valrico, Fla., native is tied with former players Tiffany McDonald (2006), Leslie Malerich (2002) and Marla Looper (1994). Schinella entered the game in the final two innings and retired all six of her batters faced.
The two victories give the Seminoles a 23-3 record this season. The pitching-dominated performances ensured both games moved swiftly, defeating Northwestern in game one in 1 hour, 25 minutes and winning over Fairfield in game two in one hour, 21 minutes.
A key hit by Shayla Jackson with two outs in the third inning provided the game’s first and only run against Northwestern. The frame started when Kelly Hensley led off with a single through the right side. Erika Hoffner then pinch ran for Hensley and was doubled off on a caught liner off the bat of Kirstin Austin, as Hoffner attempted to advance to second base. Tiffani Brown then hit a bloop double to left center and was driven in by Jackson’s bloop single to left center.
Against the Stags, FSU put pressure on immediately in the first inning. Brown led off with an infield single, stole second base and advanced to third base on a single by Jackson. Brown would end up scoring on an errant throw by Fairfield catcher Lauren Liseth down to second base, making it 1-0.
With two outs in the fourth inning, Maddie O’Brien came through when she pounced on a 2-2 offering and drove a no-doubter over the right field fence, just keeping it inside the foul pole. The solo shot was O’Brien’s fourth of the season and gave FSU a 2-0 lead, creating the final score.
FSU wraps up the tournament on Sunday afternoon when it takes on Rutgers at 11:15 a.m. at USF Softball Stadium. The Seminoles then face No. 23 USF at the same venue at approximately 1:30 p.m.