CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Earning its 17th shutout of the season and the 12th run-rule victory of 2017, No. 1 Florida State (31-1-1, 11-0 ACC) blanked Virginia (11-19, 2-9 ACC) by a score of 8-0, in six innings, on Saturday afternoon at The Park.
The Noles have won each of their last 13 ACC games, which is tied for the fourth-longest winning streak against conference opponents in school history. FSU earned 14 ACC wins in a row in 2015 and 2014, and a school-record 23 straight from 2001 to 2004.
“Quality work out of the team today,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “Virginia is a team that competes and battles and didn’t give us many opportunities. However, we were able to take advantage of the ones that were there to get some runs on our side of the column, and also make some quality pitches and defensive plays to keep them off the board. Hopefully the rain stays away tomorrow and we can wrap up this series before heading home.”
Virginia got a pair of runners on in the first inning on a one-out single by Katie Park and a double by Kaitlin Fitzgerald. FSU’s Meghan King got out of the inning after a pop out and recording her first strikeout of the game.
Florida State got on the scoreboard in the top of the second inning, led off by a four-pitch walk by Jessica Warren. Sydney Broderick followed with a single to right and a walk by Ellie Cooper loaded the bases.
Carsyn Gordon continued to drive in runs for the Noles, lining a two-run single to center to give FSU a 2-0 lead. It marked her sixth RBI so far of the UVA series. Zoe Casas grounded out to second base, but it was able to score Cooper from third to increase the lead to 3-0.
The Seminoles brought in four runs in the top of the third to extend their lead to 7-0. Alex Powers started the inning with a single to right, followed by a single from Warren and a walk to Broderick to load the bases.
Cali Harrod drove in a run on a walk and Ellie Cooper hit her fifth sacrifice fly of the season to make it 5-0 FSU. Walks to Gordon and Casas brought in another run and Sabrina Stutsman added a sacrifice fly of her own to create the 7-0 Seminole advantage.
Virginia threatened in the bottom of the fifth inning as Erika Osherow and Ashlee Davis led off the inning with a hit-by-pitch and a single, respectively. A pop out and a single by Katie Park loaded the bases for the Cavaliers, but the Noles got out unscathed after another pop out and a groundout to end the inning.
Dani Morgan led off the FSU sixth inning, crushing the first pitch of her at bat over the wall in left for her second home run of the season to give the Seminoles an 8-0 lead.
FSU’s King (15-0) scattered five hits in her 5.0 innings of work, recording three strikeouts without allowing a walk. Cassidy Davis closed out the game in the circle for the Noles, tossing a scoreless sixth inning and ending the game with a strikeout.
UVA starter Osherow (6-12) gave up six runs on four hits with four walks and two strikeouts in 3.0 innings. Lexi Mettler worked 2.2 innings and gave up a run on three hits and a walk, while Lacy Smith pitched 0.1 innings and allowed three walks and a run.
The Noles and Cavaliers will wrap up their three-game series on March 26 with a game that will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra. First pitch will be at 12:00 p.m. and there will be an FSU Softball streaming radio broadcast, along with live stats, available through Seminoles.com.
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