PALO ALTO, Calif. – Despite imperfect weather conditions in northern California, as rain canceled the first day of the 2016 Louisville Slugger Classic on the campus of Stanford, there was perfection on the field for No. 11 Florida State (20-3) as redshirt freshman pitcher Meghan King tossed a perfect game in an 8-0 win over Tulsa (15-5). The Seminoles also played Cal Poly (15-6) later on Saturday afternoon and recorded a 3-1 victory against the Mustangs.
”Extremely excited about the trip so far in general and how we’ve grown as a team,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “This weekend, being cooped up with the rain and all of that has been tough. To come out today and get the bats swinging and make adjustments was really good to see.
“Outstanding job from Meghan King today. I hadn’t been a part of a perfect game as a part of this program – been close a few times – but this is a team effort. The defense played great and were playing for her pitch and she attacked the hitters. It feels really good today.”
King retired all 18 batters she faced against the Golden Hurricane, allowing only one ball to leave the infield on a fly out to center in the sixth. She also was efficient in the circle, tossing only 63 pitches for the game with five strikeouts and allowing only one batter to get a three-ball count for the entire game. Tulsa entered the weekend receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Softball poll.
It is the first perfect game for Florida State under head coach Lonni Alameda, and the first for FSU since Casey Hunter recorded a perfect game against St. Joseph’s on March 13, 2004.
“I wasn’t really aware that it was a perfect game until the last inning or two,” said King. “I felt really good warming up and once I got out there, I felt great and all of my pitches were breaking really well.
“Personally, I’m more of a ground ball pitcher and don’t get many strikeouts, so I have to trust in the defense every single play. I think my defense did a perfect, outstanding, excellent job today. There were a few plays that were key to the game and I really appreciate them. It’s awesome that I can have them behind my back and trust them every single play.”
FSU struck first in the opener against Tulsa as Morgan Klaevemann came around to score on an RBI single from Jessica Warren after she led off the game with a bunt single and swiped second base for her 17th stolen base of the season.
The Noles added to the lead in the second inning, scoring a pair of runs on an infield single by Klaevemann. Ellie Cooper hit a double and Alex Kossoff had walked earlier in the inning, ending up on second and third for Klaevemann. The throw from Tulsa pitcher Emily Watson got away from her first baseman, allowing Kossoff to score from second base and make it 3-0 FSU.
Florida State scored three more in the fifth off the first home run of Sydney Broderick’s FSU career. A walk to Alex Powers and a double by Warren allowed Broderick to make it 6-0 with a home run off the foul pole in left field. The junior transfer had hit 13 home runs in her first two collegiate seasons at BYU.
The Seminoles finished their scoring in the sixth inning, bringing in two runs. Victoria Daddis got things going with a pinch-hit walk and Cali Harrod re-entered to run at first. Harrod eventually came in to score on an RBI single to left by Zoe Casas. Victoria East came in to pinch-run for Casas and scored nearly immediately on Powers’ single to left for the final score of 8-0.
Watson took the loss for the Golden Hurricane, moving to 5-4 on the season. She entered the game with an ERA of 0.85, allowing just five earned runs in 41.1 innings in 2016, but the Seminoles tagged her for five earned runs in just 4.2 innings on Saturday afternoon, scoring six runs on eight hits as she recorded six strikeouts and issued two walks.
Against Cal Poly in the second game of the day, the game was scoreless until the top of the second when the Mustangs pushed across a run after a single up the middle from Sierra Hyland and an RBI double by Betsy Colburn to make it 1-0.
FSU battled back to tie the game in the third inning, following a walk to Harrod and an RBI double by Casas, her team-leading ninth double of the season.
The Noles extended the lead to 3-1 in the fourth, as FSU loaded the bases on a walk to Broderick and singles by Carsyn Gordon and Cooper. East pinch-hit for Kossoff and battled a walk on nine pitches to drive in a run and give FSU a 2-1 lead. Korina Rosario stepped in next and hit a sacrifice fly to left to bring in Gordon and make it 3-1 Seminoles.
FSU starter Jessica Burroughs settled in as the game continued and moved to 11-2 with the complete game victory. It marked the first time in her last eight appearances that Burroughs had allowed more than one hit as the redshirt junior gave up two total hits to the Mustangs, retiring the final 17 batters she faced and recording five strikeouts.
The Noles will close out the weekend against Cal Poly on Sunday, March 13 at 12:00 pm ET before heading back to Tallahassee. The game will be broadcast live via streaming radio on Seminoles.com and the Seminoles.com mobile app with Robin Ahrberg and Ryann Day on the call. Live stats will also be available on Seminoles.com.
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