GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Two top-three teams, a sold-out stadium and a long-standing rivalry lived up to the hype as it took a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning to give No. 3 Florida (38-2) a 1-0 victory over No. 1 Florida State (38-2-1) in front of a record crowd of 2,574 at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium in the opening game of the 2017 Fresh From Florida Sunshine Showdown.
“What an awesome atmosphere, we talked about this game being a postseason feel and it definitely was tonight,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “This rivalry has always been so great. The kids fought and we put ourselves in position and made a run at it in the first inning. Really proud of JB tonight. This is going to be huge for us down the line, and there is nothing to hang our heads about. Right now it is all about going up to South Carolina and getting after business this weekend.”
The Noles had three hits in the top of the first inning, but were unable to bring a run across to open the game. Morgan Klaevemann led off with a single up the middle, and attempted to steal second on what was a strikeout to Alex Powers, but was judged to have left the base early.
Jessica Warren later drove a two-out double to left center, but was thrown out at the plate to end the inning after a single to left by Ellie Cooper.
Klaevemann added a two-out single in the top of the third and stole second, but would be left stranded.
Seminole starter Jessica Burroughs allowed just one hit through the first 5.1 innings, recording five strikeouts before giving up a single to Janelle Wheaton.
The Gators were able to get runners to second and third with two outs in the fifth inning, on a walk, a hit-by-pitch and a wild pitch, but a fly out to left by Kayli Kvistad ended the inning.