TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In a quick, seven-inning game that lasted just an hour and 20 minutes, No. 1 Florida State (29-1-1) posted its fourth shutout in a row, defeating UCF (15-13) by a score of 4-0 on Wednesday night at the UCF Softball Complex.
The Seminoles tallied eight hits in the win – five that went for extra bases on three doubles, a triple and a home run – as FSU increased its slugging percentage to .548. Florida State entered the game ranked No. 10 in the nation in the category.
“Nice win today,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “Both JB and Meghan had a great day in the circle and our defense helped keep the shutout. Alea White pitched well for UCF, but we kept working and battling and putting good swings on the ball and were able get the win. A solid performance to open the road trip and we’ll look to keep it going up at Virginia this weekend.”
The Seminoles opened the scoring in the second inning as sophomore Cali Harrod drove a two-out triple to right center. Senior Ellie Cooper added an extra-base hit of her own, lining a double to left to make it 1-0 FSU. Sophomore Carsyn Gordon followed with an RBI single to right on the first pitch of her at bat to extend the Seminole lead to 2-0.
The pair of two-out runs increased Florida State’s total of two-out RBI to 61 through the first 31 games of the season.
UCF got a pair of runners on in the bottom of the second with one-out singles from Cassady Brewer and Willow Kalinen. FSU starting pitcher Jessica Burroughs got out of the jam with a strikeout and a fly out to left field.
Meghan King came in to pitch for the Seminoles in the third inning and gave up a leadoff single to Autumn Gillespie. A flyout and a groundout allowed FSU’s Sydney Broderick to end the inning by throwing Gillespie out at second on a steal attempt.
Broderick carried that momentum into the FSU fourth inning, lining a leadoff double to left for her fifth double of the season. After a walk to Gordon, Zoe Casas hit a single to center, but a baserunning miscommunication resulted in the final out of the inning.
King tossed a perfect 1-2-3 inning in the UCF fourth, fifth and sixth innings, increasing her season total to 30 innings where she has retired the opponents in order.
FSU’s Gordon hit a one-out double to center in the seventh inning and Zoe Casas extended the Seminole lead to 4-0 with her second home run of the season.
UCF’s Brewer singled with two outs in the seventh, snapping King’s streak of retiring 13 batters in a row. The redshirt sophomore closed out the game with a pop out to Cooper at second.
King remained unbeaten on the season, improving to 14-0 on the year, giving up just two hits without a walk and three strikeouts over the final 5.0 innings of the game. Burroughs matched King with two hits, three strikeouts and zero walks in her two inning start.
UCF’s Alea White (8-8) gave up four runs on eight hits in 7.0 innings. The freshman walked one and recorded three strikeouts.
The Seminoles will remain on the road and head to Charlottesville, Va., for a three game series with Virginia (11-17, 2-7 ACC) on March 24-26. Admission is free for all three games at Virginia, while Sunday’s game is scheduled to be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra.
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