TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Closing out the 2014 fall season on a winning note, the Florida State softball team defeated the USSSA Pride of the National Pro Fastpitch league by a score of 4-1 on Nov. 15 at JoAnne Graf Field.
In a game that matched up Olympic medalists and multiple winners of NCAA national championships on the Pride against the reigning ACC Champions and a Seminole team that made their first trip to the Women’s College World Series in a decade, Saturday’s contest showcased the past, present and future of the game of softball.
“It was an amazing event,” said head coach Lonni Alameda. “Once the game started, it was an intense competition, but being able to have our girls interact and learn from some the best to play the game in recent years was great.
“I thought JB and Lacey pitched very well against a really strong lineup. And our hitters were able to get some key hits and drive in some runs. Bailey Schinella is such a clutch hitter for us. Great way to wrap up the fall as we look to the spring season.”
Florida State opened the scoring in the first inning against Pride starter, and former Florida Gator, Hannah Rogers. Maddie O’Brien and Alex Powers each drew two-out walks to set up RBI singles from both Bailey Schinella and Victoria Daddis as the Noles took a 2-0 lead after the first frame.
Jessica Burroughs got the start in the circle for FSU and allowed just one runner in each of the first two innings on a walk and a single, respectively, but USSSA was able to push across a run in the third to close the gap to 2-1 FSU. Back-to-back singles by Brigette Del Ponte and Courtney Ceo, followed by a stolen base by Del Ponte put Pride runners on the corners with one away. An RBI groundout by GiOnna DiSalvatore plated the only Pride run of the game.
USSSA’s Rogers settled in after the first inning and allowed just one base runner until the Seminole fifth, a double to left field by Powers in the third. The Noles used a mix of their short and long game to score two more runs on the WCWS Champion. A leadoff infield slap single by junior Alex Kossoff immediately followed by a two-run homerun to right center by freshman Jessica Warren extended the FSU lead to 4-1.
Rogers finished with 4.1 innings of work, allowing four runs on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Former Missouri Tiger Chelsea Thomas finished the game for the Pride in the circle, facing just five batters in 1.2 innings while striking out two.
Senior Lacey Waldrop came in to relive Burroughs in the fifth inning after the redshirt sophomore finished with 4.0 innings pitched, allowing just four hits, one run, one walk and recording four strikeouts. Waldrop closed out the game for FSU, tossing the last 3.0 innings with one strikeout, zero walks and surrendering just one hit.
Florida State ended the 2014 fall season with a 7-1 record, including wins over Georgia, Louisiana and the College of Central Florida.
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