Feb. 28, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The No. 9-ranked Florida State softball team defeated Houston, 7-1, and Purdue, 2-1, on day one of the Easton Crimson Classic hosted by the University of Alabama. The Seminoles improved to 16-1 and have won 16 straight games for the first time since starting the 2012 season 16-0.
“It is always great to get two wins in back-to-back games against teams we didn’t know too much about,” said head coach Lonni Alameda. “Now we get to game plan and get after `Bama and Purdue tomorrow.
“Nori came in and did a great job today. East was swinging the bat, Maddie has been stellar for us and Courtney had a great game against Houston. Good to get two wins, get some rest and get after the challenges of tomorrow.”
The Seminoles got on the board in the second against Houston as Alex Powers hit her first career RBI on a single to center to score Victoria East. Bella D’Errico would pinch-run for Powers and the freshman would steal second for her first career stolen base in the inning.
An offensive explosion in the fourth made it 7-0 FSU as Kossoff led off the inning with a bunt single. A wild pitch moved her to second and Brown’s single through the right side drove in Kossoff. Senas drove in her third run of the game with a single to right and Maddie O’Brien capped off the inning with a deep home run to left center.
Lacey Waldrop (9-1) pitched a gem in the circle for the `Noles. After surrendering a leadoff single in the first, Waldrop settled in to grab two strikeouts before the inning was over. Another leadoff single in the third was shut down by a Waldrop strikeout and a nice 4-6-3 double play by Brown, O’Brien and East.
The Cougars threatened in the fifth scoring quickly on a double and a fielding error at first.
A single and a hit-by-pitch would load the bases but Waldrop dug in and recorded her 10th strikeout of the game.
That ended Waldrop’s afternoon and she scattered five hits over 5.0 innings, one unearned run and didn’t allow a walk to go with her 10 strikeouts. It marked the fourth time in her last five starts that Waldrop has recorded 10 or more strikeouts in a game and was her third 10-strikeout, zero-walk performance of 2014.
Jessica Nori would finish the game in the circle for the `Noles and was nearly perfect. She pitched the final 2.0 innings allowing only one hit and one walk.
The game against Purdue started off quickly as Brown walked to lead off the bottom of the first and would be driven in by a single to left by Bailey Schinella. The game soon settled into a pitcher’s duel as another run would not be scored until the fourth as FSU scored on a bases loaded infield fly by Senas that was dropped by the second baseman. Cooper sprinted home to score before Alex Kossoff was thrown out trying to advance to third.
Purdue pitcher Lilly Fecho was difficult to figure out for Seminole hitters as Fecho recorded eight strikeouts in the game. She ended with 6.0 innings, allowed five hits, two runs and three walks.
Jessica Burroughs (7-0) pitched around three Purdue hits and allowed only one run in 4.1 innings. She finished with two strikeouts and allowed only one walk. Nori entered in relief after the Boilermakers scored a run in the fifth with a leadoff double and a single.
Nori closed out the game throwing 2.2 scoreless innings with two strikeouts and allowing only one hit to get her second save of the season. The Boilermakers got a runner to third in the top of the seventh with one out but Nori would induce a grounder to third and struck out Mary Gooding to end the game.
Nori has now pitched 12.0 innings this season and has yet to give up a run and has only surrendered four hits and one walk to go with 11 strikeouts.
Florida State continues the Easton Crimson Classic with two games on Saturday as the Seminoles face Purdue at 11:00 a.m. CT and host school No. 11 Alabama at 1:30 p.m. CT. The `Noles wrap up the tournament with one final game on Sunday against the Crimson Tide at 1:30 p.m. CT.
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