FT. MYERS, Fla. – Wrapping up its spring break road trip in impressive fashion, No. 1 Florida State (25-1-1) earned a pair of run-rule victories on Wednesday afternoon on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast. The Noles posted a 9-1 victory in six innings over Canisius (9-10) to start the day, and wrapped up the day with a five-inning, 13-1 win against FGCU (13-11).
“Great way to close out a long road trip,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “We got quality innings out of each pitcher today and got our freshmen in a lot of different situations and opportunities to learn and gain experience. The lineup kept the pressure on from the first pitch and were seeing the ball well today. Now it is time to head home and prepare for a hard-fought weekend with Notre Dame.”
The Noles got out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning against Canisius as Morgan Klaevemann led off with a walk. A groundout, a wild pitch and a throwing error brought her around her score her 23rd run of the season.
Ellie Cooper and Sydney Broderick led off the FSU second inning with a pair of singles and both came in to score later in the inning on an RBI single by Cali Harrod and a sacrifice fly by Anna Shelnutt.
The Seminoles scored two more in the top of the third as Dani Morgan led off with a walk and stole second base. An RBI single from Alex Powers brought in the first run of the inning, but she was thrown out trying to stretch it to second base.
Jessica Warren was hit by a pitch and Cooper drew a walk. A groundout moved both into scoring position and a wild pitch from Canisius pitcher Erika Mackie allowed Warren to score.
Canisius cut the lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the fourth as Samantha Sharkey led off the inning with the first hit of the game for the Golden Griffins. A wild pitch by FSU starter Jessica Burroughs allowed her to move to second and a single by Lauren Castro brought in their only run of the game.
The Noles brought eight batters to the plate in the fifth inning, led off by a bunt single from Morgan. Powers reached on a fielder’s choice and was pinch run for by Korina Rosario and the junior came in to score on Warren’s third triple of the season.
Cooper made it 7-1 FSU with a sacrifice fly to center and after singles from Leslie Farris and Carsyn Gordon, Harrod drove in her second run of the game on an RBI single to left.
Cassidy Davis entered to pitch for the Noles, ending Burroughs’ day in the circle. Burroughs improved to 13-1 on the year, allowing just two hits and one run in 4.0 innings with zero walks and nine strikeouts.
After a scoreless bottom of the fifth, the Seminoles brought in a run in the top of the sixth to give FSU an eight-run lead. Klaevemann led off the inning with a double to center and moved to third on a single by Powers. Warren later walked, but ball four was a wild pitch to score Klaevemann.
Davis closed out the game, pitching a scoreless sixth, giving up a leadoff walk but retiring the next three batters to secure the 9-1 victory. Davis gave up zero hits in her 2.0 innings, with one walk and two strikeouts.
Mackie (4-5) took the loss for the Golden Griffins, allowing 11 hits and nine runs in her 5.1 innings with four walks and three strikeouts. Lauren Castro retired both batters she faced in the sixth inning.
The Seminoles scored in the top of the first of the second game of the day against Florida Gulf Coast. Morgan drew a walk and moved to second on a single by Warren. Cooper gave FSU a 1-0 lead with an RBI single to left.
FGCU threatened in the bottom of the first inning, getting the first two batters on with a single by Kelsey Huff and a walk by Natalie Lopez. FSU’s Meghan King got out of the inning unscathed, retiring the next three batters.
The Noles tacked on two runs in the second inning with Harrod’s fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot to bring in Gordon who led off the inning with a walk.
A nine-run third inning for the Noles broke open the game to give FSU a 12-0 lead. Warren led off the inning with a single as the first 10 batters reached base safely in the inning. Cooper followed with a single and Broderick drove an RBI double into the left field corner.
Gordon walked and Harrod drove in her fourth RBI of the game on a two-run single to right. Zoe Casas made it 8-0 Seminoles with a two-run double into the gap in left center. Klaevemann hit an infield single, stole second and Morgan loaded the bases with a walk.
Powers brought in another run with a walk and Warren hit her second single of the inning into right field, scoring a run to make it 10-0. Cooper hit a sacrifice fly to left for the first out of the inning and Gordon later hit an RBI single to right to give the Noles a 12-0 lead.
King had an extremely efficient outing in the circle, tossing just four pitches in the second inning and 10 in the third, before being replaced by Tessa Daniels to start the bottom of the fourth. King (11-0) gave up just two hits and one walk with one strikeout in her 3.0 innings of shutout softball.
Daniels opened the FGCU fourth with a strikeout, but three walks loaded the bases with two outs in the inning. Daniels left them all stranded, inducing a groundout to Farris at short to end the inning.
Broderick hit a solo home run to lead off the top of the fifth inning, her second of the season and 19th of her career, to give the Noles a 13-0 lead.
FSU’s Farris made a diving stop at short for the first out of the fifth, and an FSU throwing error allowed a runner to get to second with one out. An RBI single by Racquel Fournet drove in a run, and after a fielder’s choice and a single, the Eagles had runners on first and second with two outs.
Daniels closed out the game with a strikeout, her second of the game. She tossed 2.0 innings, giving up two hits, one run, with three walks and two strikeouts.
FGCU starter Gabbee Draney (0-1) gave up eight runs on eight hits in 2.0 innings, issuing three walks and recording three strikeouts. Morgan White pitched the final 3.0 innings, allowing five hits and five runs with five walks and a strikeout.
The Seminoles return home this weekend to take on Notre Dame (11-10, 1-2 ACC) in a three-game ACC series on March 17-19. Florida State is 6-0 in conference play this season and have won each of its last eight conference games.
All three games against the Irish will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra, with live stats and a radio broadcast available on Seminoles.com. Admission is free for all regular season home games at JoAnne Graf Field.
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