TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With another impressive pitching outing from redshirt senior Jessica Burroughs, No. 1 Florida State (17-1-1, 3-0 ACC) swept the season series against Georgia Tech (6-13, 0-3 ACC) with an 8-0 victory in five innings on Sunday afternoon at JoAnne Graf Field.
Burroughs allowed just one runner to reach base for the entire game on an infield single by Jessica Kowalewicz in the fourth inning. She opened the game with three strikeouts in the first inning, marking her fifth start this season – and fourth in a row – that she has struck out the side in the first inning.
Burroughs closed out the game with six strikeouts and zero walks and now is 9-1 on the season with a 0.86 ERA, 80 strikeouts in 57.0 innings as opponents are hitting just .123 against her on the year.
The series sweep in conference play is the 24th by FSU in its last 34 ACC series, dating back to the start of the 2013 season. The Seminoles are now 86-10 (.896%) in their last 96 regular season games against conference opponents and have won 12 straight against the Yellow Jackets.
“It was great to get these wins as we start the next phase of the season,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “You think of the season in thirds, with your pre-conference games, your conference games and then the postseason. It was a really good opportunity for us to play three games over three days to make some adjustments and I thought we did a great job with that.
“I think Jessica (Burroughs) does a great job of mixing speeds and has a lot of movement. She’s pretty confident right now, and that helps, but she has great teammates behind her and giving her run support. Those are all big things for her. Big team win and a good team effort today.”
The Noles scratched an unearned run across in the first inning as Alex Powers was hit by a pitch and she moved up to second on a walk to Jessica Warren. Dani Morgan lifted a fly ball to center, but it was dropped by the GT’s Samantha Pierannunzi, allowing Powers to come in to score for a 1-0 lead.
FSU loaded the bases on walks in the second inning by Cali Harrod, Carsyn Gordon and Powers – including stolen bases by Harrod and Morgan Klaevemann – but all three would be left stranded on base.
Florida State made it 2-0 in the fourth inning on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly from Powers, after Gordon, Anna Shelnutt and Klaevemann had reached on a pair of walks and a fielder’s choice.
The Seminoles closed out the game with a six-run fifth inning to secure the run-rule victory. Morgan led off with a bunt single and Sydney Broderick followed with a single to left field. A walk by Ellie Cooper loaded the bases with nobody out in the inning.
Harrod reached on a fielding error by the GT shortstop, driving in a run to make it 3-0 FSU. A hit by pitch to Gordon and a walk to Shelnutt extended the lead to 5-0.
Powers drove in two runs on a single to left, giving her 16 RBI in her last 11 games, as the Noles made it 7-0. After Warren was hit by a pitch to reload the bases, Morgan ended the game with a sacrifice fly to center for the 8-0 final score.
Emily Anderson (0-5) took the loss for the Jackets, giving up eight runs, five earned over 4.1 innings with just three hits, eight walks and three strikeouts. Brooke Barfield pitched the final 0.1 of the game for GT, facing two batters.
As part of Alumni Weekend, FSU Softball honored one of its all-time greats with the jersey retirement of Jessica van der Linden.
The Cerritos, California native played at FSU from 2001-2004 and led the Noles to a pair of Women’s College World Series appearances in 2002 and 2004. In 2004, she earned USA Softball National Player of the Year honors, as well as the Honda Award for softball.
For her career, she batted .361, including over .400 as both a junior and a senior, and finished as FSU’s all-time leader with 50 career doubles, 161 RBI and 144 walks. In the circle, van der Linden posted a career 1.24 ERA with 76 wins and 899 strikeouts over 690.0 innings. She was inducted into the Florida State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014 and remains in FSU’s all-time Top 10 in 14 different statistical categories.
Her No. 99 jersey joined Darby Cottle’s No. 15 on the left field wall at JoAnne Graf Field, as Cottle’s jersey was retired in 1998.
“What an honor to be able to celebrate Jessica van der Linden today,” added Alameda. “It was extremely special to have all the alumni back this weekend. You wear this jersey for four years and you want to leave it better than you found it, and that’s what players and coaches did before us. Seeing so many people and talking to them this weekend to continue to learn about our history and honoring that will go a long way for our program.”
The Seminoles remain at home this week with a doubleheader against North Florida on March 8, beginning at 4:00 p.m. It will be Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day, where we will celebrate those throughout the university that support our student-athletes in and out of the classroom.
There will be a free streaming radio broadcast of Wednesday’s games, along with live stats, available on Seminoles.com. Admission is free for all home regular season games at JoAnne Graf Field.
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