TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Increasing its shutout total to 11 through the first 21 games of the season, No. 1 Florida State (19-1-1) defeated North Florida (10-13) in both games of a doubleheader on Wednesday night at JoAnne Graf Field. The Seminoles earned an 8-0 win in five innings in game one and posted a 3-0 victory in game two.
It has been 17.0 innings, and three entire games, since an opponent has gotten a runner to third base on the Seminole pitching staff and defense.
“It is definitely nice to get out here and play against a quality team like UNF and continue to work the process,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “It’s a long season and we’ll continue to make adjustments and build off of one another. I thought we did good job with defense and pitching and had some timely hitting to take advantage of some things. It was a nice doubleheader for us.”
Florida State jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the second inning of game one. Sydney Broderick started off the inning with a single to center and Cali Harrod followed with an infield single. Carsyn Gordon got the Noles on the board with an RBI single up the middle and Zoe Casas made it 2-0 with a sacrifice fly to right center.
Broderick made it a 3-0 game with her second hit of the game, an RBI single to right center in the third inning. She brought in Jessica Warren who singled and stole second base to move into scoring position.
A five-run fourth inning gave the Noles the eight-run advantage needed to end the game in five innings. Casas led off with a single to right and was pinch-run for by Korina Rosario, while Morgan Klaevemann added an infield single later in the inning. Warren brought both of them in, along with herself, as she launched her fifth home run of the season to center.
After Dani Morgan was hit by a pitch and stole second, she came into score on an RBI single by Broderick to make it a 7-0 game. Broderick matched a career high with three hits in the game, a feat she had accomplished four times in 2016.
Deja Bush entered to run for Broderick and immediately stole second base for her eighth SB of the season. Harrod capped the scoring with her third triple of year to complete the 8-0 final score.
Meghan King needed just 39 pitches in her 4.0 innings of work in the circle, moving to 8-0 on the season as she allowed three hits and zero walks with two strikeouts. Freshman Cassidy Davis pitched the final inning and allowed a walk and a base hit.
UNF’s Morgan Blourne (4-3) gave up eight runs on 11 hits with two walks and a strikeout in the loss.
Gordon opened the scoring for the Noles again in game two, driving in Ellie Cooper and Broderick in the second inning with a single to right field after both reached base via a walk.
Klaevemann gave the Noles a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning, driving a single up the middle to score Gordon from second after she and Casas walked.
FSU starter Jessica Burroughs (10-1) had another outstanding outing in the circle, scattering three hits and zero walks over 7.0 innings as she recorded 11 strikeouts.
North Florida’s Logan Green (3-8) only allowed two hits in the loss, but struggled to find the zone as her eight walks and zero strikeouts allowed the Noles to have runners on to drive in all three runs of the game on those two hits.
The Noles will head out of town this weekend as Florida State continues ACC play with a three-game series at Virginia Tech on March 10-12. The games on Saturday and Sunday will be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra, and live stats will be available on Seminoles.com.
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