TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In a game where Florida State got out to an early 8-0 lead, Georgia Tech refused to go quietly and had the game-tying run on deck in the top of the seventh as the No. 1 Seminoles (16-1-1, 2-0 ACC) held on for a 13-8 victory over the Yellow Jackets (6-12, 0-2 ACC) on Saturday afternoon at JoAnne Graf Field.
The win secured the series win for Florida State, extending its streak of ACC series wins to 34, as the Noles have not lost a conference series since 2012.
“Sometimes a win is a win, and you just have to chalk it up to that,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “One of the exciting parts of the season is learning through the game and we had a lot of people get a lot of opportunities today for that and we’ll be better for it. Georgia Tech battled and took advantage of some situations and now I’m excited about tomorrow where we can take everything we’ve learned and move forward.”
The Seminoles used another big inning to get out to a quick lead on Georgia Tech in game two of the series. Sydney Broderick led off the second inning and was hit by a pitch and moved up to third after Cassidy Davis followed with a double. Back-to-back RBI singles from Carsyn Gordon and Anna Shelnutt gave FSU a 2-0 lead with zero outs in the inning.
Alex Powers and Dani Morgan followed with RBI singles of their own, and a sacrifice fly by Cali Harrod closed out the scoring in the FSU second inning with the Noles up 5-0.
FSU scored three times in the fourth inning for an 8-0 lead, behind a home run by Powers, an RBI double by Morgan and an RBI single by Broderick.
FSU’s Meghan King had an outstanding start for the Noles in the circle, allowing just two baserunners through 4.0 innings on a pair of singles and didn’t allow a runner to reach third base.
Facing the possibility of a run-rule shortened game, Georgia Tech battled for three runs in the top of the fifth as Tessa Daniels came in to pitch for Florida State. The sophomore hit a batter, induced a fly out and walked three others before being replaced by Davis in the circle with the score 8-1 FSU. Each of the next two Jacket hitters drove in a run to cut the Seminole lead to 8-3 going to the bottom of five.
The Noles got two runs back in the bottom of the fifth as Shelnutt led off with a single and was pinch run for by Korina Rosario. Rosario moved to second on a sac bunt and over to third on a single by Powers. An RBI groundout by Warren brought in a run, while an infield single by Morgan and a throwing error from Georgia Tech allowed Powers to score and extend the lead to 10-3.
In the sixth inning, Georgia Tech loaded the bases with three two-out singles and Samantha Pieranunnzi hit her fifth home run of the year for a grand slam to make it a 10-7 game going to the bottom of the inning.
FSU loaded the bases in its half of the sixth on a double by Broderick and walks by Gordon and Leslie Farris. A wild pitch from GT’s Jenna Goodrich allowed Broderick to score and a throwing error brought in Gordon to make it 12-7 FSU. An RBI single up the middle by Powers pushed the Seminole lead to 13-7.
Georgia Tech got its first two batters on base in the seventh by way of an FSU error and an infield single and cut the lead to 13-8 on an RBI groundout by Kelsey Chisholm. After a walk and another FSU fielding error loaded the bases with two outs, King re-entered to pitch for Florida State, ending the game with a fly out to right.
King moved to 7-0 on the year, striking out five and allowing two hits in 4.1 shutout innings without a walk. Daniels gave up three runs on three walks in 0.1 of work, while Davis was charged with five runs, four earned with six hits and one walk over 2.1 innings.
GT’s Brooke Barfield (2-5) took the loss, giving up eight runs on nine hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 3.0 innings, while Goodrich tossed the final 3.0 innings of the game, surrendering five runs, four earned with four walks and five strikeouts.
The Seminoles and Yellow Jackets will close out their series on Sunday, March 5 with a game at 12:00 p.m. Prior to Sunday’s contest, there will be an on-field ceremony as FSU Softball will retire the jersey of Jessica Boulware (van der Linden). She earned First Team All-ACC honors in 2003 and 2004, led the Noles to the Women’s College World Series in 2002 and 2004 and was named 2004 USA Softball National Player of the Year.
There will be a free streaming radio broadcast of Sunday’s game against Georgia Tech, 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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