CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. – Continuing the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, No. 1 Florida State (12-1) earned a 6-4 victory on Friday night over San Diego State (5-5). The Noles tallied 10 hits from eight different players in the win.
“Solid game tonight,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “We had a lot of quality at-bats and worked through some situations, while JB had a great outing again for us in the circle. Playing such late games out here, on top of the level of teams that we are playing, has been a good challenge to work through and will benefit us throughout the season.”
FSU starting pitcher Jessica Burroughs dominated the early innings against the Aztecs, posting six strikeouts in the first two innings. It marked the second time this season that Burroughs had recorded the first six outs of the game by strikeout, matching her performance against Northwestern on February 18.
The Noles took a 1-0 lead in the third inning after Morgan Klaevemann led off with an infield single. The junior stole second and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Ellie Cooper, before scoring on a sacrifice fly by Jessica Warren.
Cassidy Davis pushed the lead to 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth, leading off the inning with the first home run of her career on a deep blast to center. Cali Harrod followed with a double to right, and after Klaevemann’s bunt single, the duo executed a great first-and-third situation, inducing a throwing error from SDSU to allow both runners to score and make it 4-0 Seminoles.
Warren continued the inning with a two-out single to center and redshirt senior Alex Powers hit her first home run of the season to push the FSU lead to 6-0.
San Diego State got a pair of runs back in the top of the fifth, both unearned, as FSU committed a pair of errors in the inning. The Aztecs had runners on the corners with two outs after a pair of walks, a stolen base and an FSU error, and the Noles nearly got out of the inning unscathed, but another Seminole error allowed a run to score. The Aztecs brought in another run with an RBI single from Kiera Wright to cut the lead to 6-2.
Burroughs was replaced by Davis in the circle to open the sixth inning, and the freshman pitcher tossed a perfect sixth inning for the Noles, but gave up two runs in the seventh inning. The Aztecs led off the inning with a single by Taylor Stewart, and after a wild pitch and groundout, she came in to score on an RBI single by Jaylene Ignacio. The run snapped a streak of 14.0 scoreless innings to start the season for Davis.
San Diego State loaded the bases on a pair of walks, prompting Burroughs to re-enter the game. The redshirt senior induced a fielder’s choice to second base, which cut the lead to 6-4, and ended the game with a pop out to short.
Burroughs (6-1) scattered two hits, two walks and gave up two unearned runs over 5.2 innings and posted eight strikeouts. Davis tossed 1.1 innings and surrendered two runs on two hits with two walks.
FSU continues in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic on February 25 with a game against No. 9 Arizona at 10:30 p.m. ET.
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