TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – For the second consecutive day, No. 13 Florida State (12-3) recorded two five-inning, run-rule shutout victories in the 2016 Unconquered Invitational. The Seminoles defeated UAB (4-10) by a score of 10-0 in the first game of the day and ended with a 9-0 win versus Bradley (4-10). Redshirt junior pitcher Jessica Burroughs earned her second career no-hitter against Bradley, while redshirt junior Alex Powers recorded a home run and two doubles on the afternoon as the Seminole offense tallied nine extra-base hits on the day.
Since Sunday, February 21, the Florida State offense and defense have posted impressive performances in all areas of the game. At the plate, the Noles have scored at least one run in 17 of its last 23 innings, including 13 innings with at least two runs scored and eight with three or more.
In the circle, the Seminole pitching staff has hindered the opposition, surrendering just 20 hits and one run in the last 32.0 innings. FSU pitchers have combined for 34 strikeouts and just two walks during that span.
“Impressive day all around,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “The team has been working so hard throughout the fall and in the spring and it is great to see so many of them trust the process and the plan, which has translated into success at the plate and in the circle. JB and Meghan pitched another great pair of games for us today and the defense behind them helped them trust their pitches.
“It is a lot of fun to see the entire team fight top to bottom. It doesn’t matter if they were in the starting lineup or coming off the bench, when their number was called they contributed and that will be huge for us later in the season.”
The Noles got started against UAB with a pair of runs in the first inning on an RBI double from Zoe Casas and a sacrifice fly by Jessica Warren.
FSU continued the offensive display in the second inning as a UAB error, single from Carsyn Gordon and walk by Morgan Klaevemann loaded the bases with one out. A pair of hit-by-pitches to Casas and Warren extended the FSU lead to 4-0. Sydney Broderick laced a two-RBI single up the middle, followed by an RBI single from Ellie Cooper to make it 7-0 Noles after two innings.
Powers led off the Seminole fourth inning with a home run to right field and Victoria East hit a two-run pinch-hit home run to close out the scoring.
Meghan King (5-1) scattered one hit in each of the five innings she pitched and earned the win after 4.1 shutout innings with zero walks and five strikeouts. Abby Evans entered to close out the game and issued a single to the first two batters she faced to load the bases with one out. FSU Lauren Harris helped seal the game with a great defensive play in left, tracking down a long fly ball in the left field corner and firing to second to complete the game-ending double play.
Burroughs (7-2) stole the show in the second game against Bradley, recording her second career no-hitter in the circle, tossing 5.0 shutout innings with zero walks and four strikeouts. The redshirt junior avoided the opponents’ bats, but couldn’t avoid the opponents themselves as the only three baserunners that Bradley earned for the game was on a trio of hit-by-pitches.
At the plate the Seminole offense again proved to be steady and consistent, scoring in all five innings against the Bradley Braves. Much like the game against UAB earlier in the day, Klaevemann reaching base in the first was immediately followed by a Casas RBI extra-base hit, this time a triple to right center. Also like the first game, a sac fly from Warren in the first gave the Noles a 2-0 lead after the first frame.
An RBI single from Powers in the second and a pinch-hit RBI single from East in the third gave FSU a 4-0 advantage through three innings.
Powers led off the fourth inning with a double down the left field line and she eventually came around to score on an RBI fielder’s choice by Broderick. A Cooper hit-by-pitch and East reaching on an error set the table for a two-RBI double by Gordon to make it 7-0 Seminoles.
For the second consecutive inning, Powers led off with a double in the fifth, this time to the wall in centerfield. Warren ended the game with her second home run of the season, a two-run shot to deep center for a 9-0 Seminole victory.
Florida State concludes weekend in the championship game of the Unconquered Invitational on Sunday, February 28 with a game against UAB at 12:30 p.m. Admission is free for all regular season games at JoAnne Graf Field. A free live radio broadcast, as well as live stats, will be available on Seminoles.com.
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