FULLERTON, Calif. – For the 12th time in 21 games this season, No. 11 Florida State (18-3) didn’t need the full seven innings to defeat it opponent, taking down Cal State Fullerton (13-8) by a score of 10-1 in six innings on Tuesday night. It marks the 13th win in a row for Florida State, dating back to February 20.
“It was tough out there early on, but I loved how the team stayed in and didn’t get down on themselves,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “We weren’t able to get the offense going in the first couple innings and gave up that run in the second, but from pitching to defense to the hitters at the plate, they all trusted in the next pitch mentality and were able to stay in it and make plays. It’s a nice win against a quality squad to wrap up our time in southern California.”
Cal State Fullerton opened the scoring in the second inning behind a leadoff double by Sarah Moore. The Titans eventually loaded the bases on an infield bunt single and a fielding error by the Seminoles. The first run of the game came in after King hit Mikaela Francis with a pitch to make it 1-0 with one out and the bases loaded.
FSU got out of the inning on the next batter as a line drive to short was caught by Cali Harrod and she sprinted to second base to double up the runner and end the threat.
The Noles offense was limited to just one baserunner over the first three innings on a single by Zoe Casas as CSUF starter Sydney Golden was difficult to solve early on.
FSU managed to finally get on the board in the fourth inning as Casas led off with an infield single. Two batters later, Jessica Warren bashed her sixth home run of the season to right field to give the Seminoles a 2-1 lead.
The inning continued with singles from Sydney Broderick, Carsyn Gordon and an RBI single from Ellie Cooper. Harrod made it 4-1 FSU on a fielding error by the Titan defense on a grounder to the shortstop.
The Noles plated three more runs in the fifth inning, started by singles by Alex Powers and Warren. Broderick ripped a single through the right side to score Powers and a nicely executed first-and-third play allowed Warren to score and put Broderick on second. Cooper drove in her second RBI of the game on a single to right to give the Noles a 7-1 lead.
King settled in after the second inning, allowing just two runners on two walks over the next three innings. The redshirt freshman earned the win and moved to 8-1 on the year, finishing with 5.0 innings pitched, allowing two hits, two walks with an unearned run and one strikeout.
Florida State added three more runs in the sixth inning as each of the first two hitters – Harrod and Morgan Klaevemann – reached on an error. Warren also reached base later in the inning on an error by CSUF and Broderick laced a two-run double to the wall in the center to make the final score of 10-1.
Jessica Burroughs pitched the final inning of the game in relief of King. She recorded all three outs with a strikeout and also allowed a walk.
The Seminoles will remain on the West Coast and will travel to northern California for the Louisville Slugger Classic on March 11-13, hosted by Stanford. The Noles will play the Cardinal, along with games against Cal Poly and Tulsa on the weekend.
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