LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Tying an ACC record with its 23rd consecutive win in conference play, No. 2 Florida State (44-3-1, 21-0 ACC) remained perfect in the ACC this season with a 5-4 win over Louisville (26-17, 9-7 ACC) on Monday night at Ulmer Stadium. Sophomore Zoe Casas drove in the game-winning run with an RBI single in the top of the seventh inning to score Cali Harrod, who opened the inning with a bunt single.
The 21 conference wins is tied for the second-most by a team in ACC history, as Florida State is the only school in league history to have at least 20 ACC wins in a season. The 2014 Seminoles hold the conference record with 24, while the 2016 squad won 21 and FSU earned 20 ACC wins in 2015.
The 2017 Draft for the National Pro Fastpitch league was also on Monday night with Jessica Burroughs being selected No. 1 overall and Alex Powers chosen No. 10 overall, both by the USSSA Pride.
It marks the third time that a Florida State athlete has been drafted No. 1 overall in any sport as Burroughs joins Paul Wilson (1994 – MLB) and Jameis Winston (2015 – NFL).
“It is really hard to beat people three times in a weekend,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “You try to make adjustments against them, but they are doing the same to you and Louisville is a team that can really swing it and pitch it. But again, I love our fight. I love that throughout the lineup we have people come through in big situations, like Cali to get that bunt down in the seventh to give us a chance.”
The Seminoles jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning as the first five batters all reached base. Morgan Klaevemann and Ellie Cooper hit a pair of infield singles, while walks to Jessica Warren and Alex Powers made it 1-0 FSU. Sydney Broderick drove a base hit back up the middle to score two and extend the Seminole lead to 3-0. Carsyn Gordon drew a two-out walk to reload the bases, but all would be left stranded on base.
FSU starter Jessica Burroughs faced just seven batters through the first two innings, giving up a base hit in the first, but the inning ended when UofL’s Maryssa Becker grounded into a double play.
Louisville’s Megan Hensley cut the FSU lead to 3-1 with a solo home run in the bottom of the second, and the Cardinals threatened in the third inning, loading the bases with a trio of one-out singles, but another inning-ending double play off the bat of Becker kept Louisville scoreless in the inning.
The Seminoles added to their lead in the top of the fourth as Cassidy Davis and Warren reached on a pair of walks and Powers drove in her 39th run of the season with a single up the middle to make it 4-1.
Louisville tied the game in the bottom of the fourth, loading the bases on three singles by the first three batters of the inning. An RBI groundout by Jenna Jordan and a two-RBI double by Jamie Soles tied the game at 4-4, ending the day in the circle for Burroughs. Meghan King entered the game and got two quick groundouts to end the inning.
Harrod led off the FSU seventh inning with a bunt single and stole second base to move in to scoring position. A wild pitch allowed her to take third base and Casas gave the Noles a 5-4 lead with an RBI single to right.
King allowed her only baserunner of the game on a one-out walk in the bottom of the seventh, ending a streak of nine consecutive batters retired. She closed out the game with two straight groundouts to secure the win.
King improved to 21-1 on the year, striking out one with one walk over 3.2 innings without allowing a hit. Burroughs surrendered nine hits and four runs in 3.1 innings of work, posting one strikeout without a walk.
The Seminoles return home and close out the conference regular season against North Carolina (36-13, 14-6 ACC) on April 28-30 at JoAnne Graf Field. Game times will be Friday at 6:00 p.m., Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and Sunday at 12:00 p.m. Prior to Sunday’s game, we will be celebrating Senior Day and honoring our five seniors – Sydney Broderick, Jessica Burroughs, Ellie Cooper, Lauren Harris and Alex Powers.
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