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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State softball program received some good and bad news in a short amount of time on Tuesday evening as redshirt senior Kylee Hanson and freshman Sydney Sherrill were honored as the ACC Pitcher and Player of the Week, respectively, shortly after first pitch against McNeese at around 5:00 p.m. A little more than two hours later, the No. 8 Seminoles (8-2) ended up falling to the RV Cowgirls (7-3) by a score of 6-1.
“Tough game against a tough team,” said Lonni Alameda. “McNeese is scrappy and fights and knows it can beat anyone. They’re an annual NCAA tournament team and are coached well. I thought we created some good opportunities for ourselves and got some quality swings off, but a bunch of hard line drives went right at players for outs, and that’s just the game sometimes. Tip your hat to them and now we clear it and get ready for a challenging road trip to Alabama.”
Hanson added to her already award-filled day, where she earned USA Softball National Player of the Week and NFCA Pitcher of the Week honors, with her first ACC weekly accolade. She was undefeated last week with a 3-0 record, 0.00 ERA and 21 strikeouts over 15.2 innings as teams batted .093 against her.
Sherrill led the team with a .600 batting average (9-for-15) for the week with two doubles, three RBI, three runs scored and a slugging percentage of .733. She was named the Most Valuable Player of the Tallahassee site for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and gave the Noles the lead on Minnesota on February 16 with a two-run double in the sixth inning, followed by a career day against the Gophers on Saturday, batting 4-for-4 against the top 15 team with a pair of runs scored. Sherrill closed the weekend with two hits, including a double, against No. 20 Michigan, scoring the go-ahead run in the sixth inning.
In Tuesday’s softball game, the Seminoles left 10 runners on base and created a lot of loud outs in a game that was scoreless through the first three innings.
Florida State had two runners in the first on a Jessie Warren single and a Carsyn Gordon walk, but were unable to score. Warren’s base hit extended her hitting streak to 11 games, all 10 games in 2018 as well as the last game of the 2017 season.
The Seminoles loaded the bases in the second inning on a McNeese throwing error and walks to Morgan Klaevemann and Cali Harrod, and had two more baserunners in the third on another error and a walk to Gordon, but could not find the key hit to drive them in.
McNeese took a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth with a two-run home run by Alexandria Saldivar, and added a another home run in the fifth inning, a three-run HR by 2016 and 2017 NFCA All-American Erika Piancastelli for a 5-0 lead.
The Noles scored their only run in the sixth inning as Anna Shelnutt led off the inning and reached on an error. She was pinch-run for at second base by Korina Rosario, who moved to third on a fly out and scored on an RBI groundout by Dani Morgan.
McNeese scored its final run in the seventh after a single, a groundout and two wild pitches allowed Padyn Williams to score for the 6-1 final.
Florida State used three pitchers on the night with Meghan King (3-2) tossing the first 4.0 innings, allowing two runs on three hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Freshman Savanna Copeland made her JoAnne Graf Field debut and allowed five walks and a base hit with three runs scored over 1.1 innings. Sophomore Cassidy Davis tossed the final 1.2 innings, allowing a run on one hit with one strikeout.
The Seminoles will have a quick turnaround and hit the road on Wednesday, February 21 for a doubleheader at South Alabama which will begin at 5:00 p.m. ET. Live stats and a link for FSU Softball radio will be available on Seminoles.com, and the game will be broadcast on JagNation TV.
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