COLUMBIA, S.C. – Winning its 13th road game of the season, No. 1 Florida State (39-3-1) closed out the series at South Carolina (25-18) with a 3-1 victory on Saturday afternoon on Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field.
“I was pleased with how we battled today,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “Sometimes you can let failures and losses linger and continue to impact games moving forward and I thought we attacked today’s game from a fresh perspective. Meghan did a great job for us in the circle and really pitched to our defense in a few situations. Offensively, we continued to hit the ball hard, and they played us well, but we were able to find a few gaps and get the win.”
There was a lot of noise, but not a lot of scoring in the early innings on Saturday, as it took until the third inning for the Noles to post the first run of the game.
Jessica Warren lined a double to left center in the first inning, but would be left stranded. Dani Morgan flied out to the warning track and Cali Harrod hit a hard liner to left in a scoreless second inning for the Noles.
South Carolina managed to get a pair of runners on in the bottom of the second after a Seminole error with two outs and a base hit, but FSU starter Meghan King ended the inning with her third strikeout of the game.
Carsyn Gordon opened the FSU third inning with a walk and moved up to third on a single by Morgan Klaevemann. Gordon tried to score on a bunt by Ellie Cooper, but would be retired at the plate. A walk to Warren loaded the bases, and the Noles plated their first run of the game as SC’s catcher Alyssa VanDerveer interfered with Sydney Broderick, allowing Klaevemann to score.
A trio of hard-hit balls extended the Seminole lead to 3-0 in the fourth inning. Harrod ripped a one-out double down the left field line, followed by an RBI triple by Gordon into the right field corner. Cassidy Davis lifted a fly ball to right center for out number two, but it was deep enough to score Gordon on a sacrifice fly.
The Gamecocks again managed a two-out rally in the bottom of the fourth inning, getting runners on first and second with an infield single and a walk, but King left them on base with another strikeout.
South Carolina got the first two batters on in the fifth inning on a base hit and a walk, but an infield fly, fielder’s choice and a fly out keeps the Gamecocks off the board.
The Gamecocks avoided the shutout in the seventh inning, getting a pair of singles from Kamryn Watts and Mackenzie Boesel, as well as an RBI groundout from Victoria Williams to cut the FSU lead to 3-1.
Jessica Burroughs entered to face the final batter of the game, inducing a pop out to secure her third save of the season and the eighth of her career, moving into a tie for second-most in FSU history.
King (18-1) scattered seven hits and two walks, allowing just one run and recording five strikeouts over 6.2 innings in the win.
South Carolina’s Nickie Blue (9-8) took the loss, surrendering five hits, three runs, two earned with two walks and four strikeouts.
The Seminoles will continue their 11-game road trip with a doubleheader at Troy on April 18, with the first pitch of game one coming at 5:00 p.m. ET. Both games will be broadcast on Trojans All-Access, while links for live stats and FSU Softball Radio will be available on Seminoles.com.
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