NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – Playing in Northridge for Day Two of the 2016 Stacy Winsberg Tournament, the Seminole offense came to play over both games, totaling 29 runs in 12 innings as No. 12 Florida State (14-3) earned a 12-3 win over Cal State Northridge (9-8) in the early game of the day and wrapped up the day with a 17-3 victory in five innings against UC Davis (8-12).
“It was a great day,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “Coming off an emotional win last night, having to get up early and be here all day long, it was a test of mental endurance and mental toughness. I thought the team did a really good job of staying up. We had our wakeup call against Northridge early on, but got after it and it was a team effort in everything we did today. Excited about it and now we need to go get some rest and get after it tomorrow and hope the rain stays away.”
Florida State scored right away against the Matadors, plating two runs using some unconventional methods in the top of the first. Alex Powers was the first batter to reach with a two-out hit-by pitch, her third of the season. Powers statistically stole second as she simply walked up 60 feet when Jessica Warren thought she was hit by a pitch as well and started toward first, but the plate umpire ruled the pitch a ball.
Warren’s grounder toward short went under the glove of CSUN SS Sabrina Garcia and all the way to the wall in left center to score Powers and give the Noles a 1-0 lead, allowing Warren to end up at second base. After a walk to Sydney Broderick, Warren came in to score on a wild pitch and a throwing error from the CSUN catcher.
FSU starter Meghan King had scattered four hits over the first four innings and was aided by defensive double plays in the second and fourth innings to keep CSUN off the board.
The Matadors were finally able to get into the scoring column in the fifth inning, as singles by Ariana Wassmer and Mackenzie Babbitt put runners on the corners with one away. A wild pitch from King allowed the first CSUN run to score, cutting the lead to 2-1. An RBI double by Aliyah Ricks tied the game at 2-2 and ended King’s outing.
Jessica Burroughs entered the circle for FSU and gave up an RBI double to Savannah Horvath before getting a fly out to end the inning as Cal State Northridge held a 3-2 lead after five full innings.
The Seminoles battled back in the top of the sixth, posting three consecutive singles from Ellie Cooper, Victoria East and Alex Kossoff. Kossoff’s slap single to the pitcher was thrown wide of first, allowing Cooper to score and tie the game at 3-3. Zoe Casas made it 5-3 with a two-RBI single to center and Warren blasted her third home run of the season to push the FSU lead to 7-3.
FSU scored five more in the top of the seventh on a two-RBI double from Lauren Harris and a three-run home run by Warren. The double by Harris was the first of her career and it marked Warren’s third career game with two home runs, the first since May 22, 2015 at Tennessee.
Tessa Daniels closed out the game with a perfect seventh inning, retiring all three batters she faced. King finished with 4.2 innings pitched, seven hits and three runs allowed with two strikeouts as she did not factor in the decision. Burroughs (10-2) got the win in relief, allowing one hit in 1.1 shutout innings with three strikeouts.
In the UC Davis game, Florida State again scored quickly, plating four runs in the first inning. The Seminoles have now scored in the first inning in eight of the last nine games.
Morgan Klaevemann got things going with a single up the middle, reaching base in the top of the first for the 14th time in 19 games this season.
Walks to Powers and Warren loaded the bases for an RBI single by Carsyn Gordon. Cooper followed with an RBI single of her own, scoring two as Powers got into a run down and the ball got away. A double steal from Cooper at first and Gordon at third brought in the final run of the frame.
FSU brought in six runs in the second inning on a solo home run from Cali Harrod, RBI double from Casas, RBI singles from Broderick and Gordon, along with a sacrifice fly from East and Gordon scoring on a throwing error.
Another six Seminoles came in to score in the third inning to push the lead to 16-0. Warren and Korina Rosario added RBI singles and Gordon brought in a run on a sacrifice fly. Bases-loaded walks to East and Harrod, and a hit-by-pitch to Casas extended the Florida State lead as Casas added her second double of the game in the inning.
King was relieved in the circle entering the fourth inning, earning the win to move to 6-1 after 3.0 shutout innings, allowing two hits with zero walks and three strikeouts.
Tessa Daniels pitched the fourth inning for the Noles and gave up four hits and a walk with three runs, two earned, to allow UC Davis to cut the lead to 14-3.
In the Seminole half of the fourth, Warren doubled to lead off the inning and was followed by a single to left by Macey Cheatham. For the fourth consecutive plate appearance, Gordon brought in a run as she hit her second sacrifice fly of the game to right to make the final score of 17-3. Jasmine Palmer and Kossoff also added singles in the inning.
Abby Evans finished the game in the circle for the Noles in the top of the fifth, pitching around a single and a double to keep the Aggies off the board and secure FSU’s 11th consecutive victory.
The Seminoles will wrap up the Stacy Winsberg Tournament on Sunday, March 6 with another game versus Cal State Northridge at Easton Stadium on the campus of UCLA. First pitch between FSU and CSUN will be at 1:30 pm ET.
Sunday’s game will be broadcast live via streaming radio on Seminoles.com and the Seminoles.com mobile app with Robin Ahrberg. Live stats will also be available on Seminoles.com.
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