CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Continuing its undefeated start in ACC play, No. 1 Florida State (30-1-1, 10-0 ACC) recorded a 13-1 win in five innings on the road at Virginia (11-18, 2-8 ACC) on Friday night.
The win gives head coach Lonni Alameda her 400th win at the helm of Florida State. She has posted a record of 400-131-1 (.753%) in the Garnet and Gold, and has an overall coaching record of 557-289-2 (.658%).
“The bottom of our lineup showed up for us today,” said Alameda. “You could see Virginia’s plan was to try and not let the top of our lineup do damage, and our 7-8-9 hitters came up big. Jessica Burroughs pitched well and UVA’s hitters were able to get on a couple of times, but our pitching and defense kept them off the scoreboard. It will be interesting to see how both teams make adjustments for tomorrow.”
FSU’s Burroughs got out to yet another hot start in the circle, tossing a scoreless first inning with a trio of strikeouts. It is the seventh time in her 16 starts this season that Burroughs has struck out the side in the first inning.
The Seminoles got on the board in the second inning as Cali Harrod led off with a single to center and stole second base. A sacrifice bunt by Ellie Cooper moved her to third and Carsyn Gordon’s RBI single to right gave FSU a 1-0 lead.
Zoe Casas followed with a double down the left field line, bringing in Gordon on the play. Morgan Klaevemann recorded her second base hit and second stolen base of the game to allow Dani Morgan to extend the FSU lead to 3-0 with a sacrifice fly to right field.
Jessica Warren led off the FSU third inning with her second walk of the game and Sydney Broderick crushed the first pitch of her at bat over the wall to center for her third home run of the season to make it 5-0 FSU. The Ashburn, Va., native has enjoyed playing in her home state this season, as two of her three HRs this year have come in Virginia as she hit a solo home run at Virginia Tech on March 10.
Virginia made a pitching change to replace starter Lexi Mettler, bringing in Allison Davis, and Harrod continued the inning and hit her seventh double of the season to centerfield. Gordon drove in her second RBI of the game on a single up the middle to make it 6-0 FSU.
Singles by Casas and Klaevemann, along with a walk to Morgan loaded the bases later in the inning. Alex Powers made it 9-0 Seminoles as her fly ball to center was misplayed, clearing the bases.
Virginia got a run back in the bottom of the third as Madison Labshere led off with a double to right center. A one-out RBI single from Katie Park got the Cavaliers on the board and snapped FSU’s streak of 29.0 innings without giving up a run.
The Noles brought in four more runs in the top of the fourth to extend the lead to 13-1. Broderick led off the inning with a single and was pinch-run for by Deja Bush. Bush stole second and came in to score on a single up the middle by Cooper.
Gordon drove in a run for her third consecutive at bat, launching her first home run of the season over the wall in left center to make it 12-1. Klaevemann recorded her fourth hit of the day on a triple to left and scored on an RBI single by Morgan. The four-hit day from Klaevemann set a career high.
Cassidy Davis came in to pitch the final inning for FSU and retired all three batters she faced. Burroughs (15-1) scattered seven hits in the win, tossing 4.0 innings with seven strikeouts, giving up one run and zero walks.
UVA’s Mettler (3-3) gave up five runs on six hits with two walks. Davis pitched 1.0 innings, allowing four runs and four hits, while Lacy Smith pitched the last 2.0 innings for the Cavaliers, allowing four runs on five hits with three strikeouts.
Game two of the three-game series will be tomorrow, Saturday, March 25 with first pitch at 1:00 p.m. Admission is free for all three games at Virginia, while Sunday’s game is scheduled to be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra.
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