TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Offense was at a premium at JoAnne Graf Field on Saturday afternoon, and No. 18 LSU (46-20) managed to score the only run of the game on an unearned run in the third inning to take a 1-0 victory over No. 4 Florida State (55-7-1).
The win forces game three of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional on Sunday at 1:00 p.m., with the winner advancing to the 2017 Women’s College World Series.
“That’s what this time of year is,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “Hats off to (Allie) Walljasper and LSU. We were one swing away, you know. Granted, it was a no-hitter there for a while, but we were one swing away and had a chance. We’re excited about the challenge tomorrow.
“Nothing to hang your heads about, it is two good ball clubs. I love the challenge of tomorrow and the opportunity to go back and study a little bit. We’ve seen both of their pitchers, as they have ours, and it is just a matter of going out and playing the game we know how to play.”
The Seminoles put the pressure on in the top of the first inning as Jessie Warren and Alex Powers reached on a one-out hit-by-pitch and a walk, respectively. LSU nearly ended the inning with a double play as a line drive by Carsyn Gordon was caught by LSU 3B Shemiah Sanchez, but her throw to second was mishandled, allowing Warren to take third base. Powers stole second to move into scoring position, but both were left stranded to end the inning.
LSU broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the third inning as Sydney Springfield led off with a walk. A sacrifice bunt attempt and an FSU throwing error allowed the Tigers to have runners on second and third with nobody out. An RBI single by Aliyah Andrews gave LSU a 1-0 lead, while an infield single loaded the bases with zero outs in the inning.
FSU starting pitcher Meghan King battled back with two straight strikeouts to Sahvanna Jaquish and Bailey Landry, before getting out of the jam with a fly out to right field.
The Tigers threatened again in the fourth inning, getting runners on the corners with one out after a pair of singles. Sydney Broderick and Warren combined to pick off the runner at third for the second out of the inning, while a groundout to third ended the threat.
LSU’s Allie Walljasper took a no-hitter into the seventh, allowing just three baserunners before Broderick chopped a two-out single up the middle. A fly out to center ended the game to force the winner-take-all game three on Sunday.
King (27-3) picked up her third loss of the season – all against top 20 opponents – as she allowed an unearned run and four hits over 6.0 innings with one walk and four strikeouts.
The NCAA Tallahassee Super Regional will conclude on Sunday, May 28 at 1:00 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on ESPNU. Links for live stats and FSU Softball Radio will be available on Seminoles.com.
The entire grandstand at JoAnne Graf Field has sold out, but standing-room tickets do remain. They are priced at $7 each and can be purchased at the ticket booth at JoAnne Graf Field.
The FSU Clear Bag policy will be in effect for all NCAA postseason events at JoAnne Graf Field. Fans are allowed items that can fit in one 12”x12” clear tote bag or a small 4.5”x6.5” clutch or purse. Items that are not allowed include camera or binocular cases, backpacks, printed pattern bags or any size tote or mesh bags.
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