TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Opening ACC play on Saturday, No. 10 Florida State (22-3, 2-0 ACC) earned a pair of victories over Syracuse (12-13, 1-4 ACC) on JoAnne Graf Field. The Seminoles posted a 4-2 win in game one of the doubleheader and capped the day with a 4-1 victory. The wins extend FSU’s winning streak to 17 games, tied for the ninth-longest winning streak in program history.
The series win also extends Florida State’s ACC series unbeaten streak to 26. The Noles have not dropped a series to a conference opponent since 2012.
“It was a tough, but overall good, day for us,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “We struggled with some situations, but had some big hits to bring in key runs. On the other side, JB and Meghan did a great job of limiting their chances and holding the lead. Credit to Syracuse, they haven’t given up many runs to anyone this season and we’ll need to make some adjustments to be successful tomorrow.”
The Seminoles scored a run in the first inning of game one without the ball leaving the infield as Alex Powers had the only base hit of the frame on a single to the second baseman. Powers moved up to second on a wild pitch and a pair of illegal pitches from Syracuse starter AnnaMarie Gatti allowed Powers to score and give Florida State a 1-0 lead.
Carsyn Gordon led off the second inning and reached base on a Syracuse fielding error as the Orange second baseman couldn’t hold on to her line drive. Gordon moved up to third after she stole second, followed by a wild pitch. Back-to-back RBIs on a single from Alex Kossoff and a double from Victoria East made it 3-0 Florida State.
FSU starter Jessica Burroughs picked up where she left off last week, not allowing a baserunner until a second-inning walk to Sydney O’Hara. The walk snapped a streak of 20 consecutive batters retired, dating back to Cal Poly on March 12.
The Orange got into the scoring column in the third inning after Alyssa Dewes hit a triple to centerfield and she eventually came into score on a sacrifice fly by Sammy Fernandez to cut the FSU lead to 3-1.
The Noles added their final run with a triple as well as Gordon tripled to left center with one out in the fourth. Ellie Cooper placed a great squeeze bunt, allowing Gordon to score and Cooper ended up on second on the play.
Burroughs settled in and retired the next 10 batters, including four strikeouts, before Dewes hit a double down the left field line. Dewes came around to score an unearned run on a two-out fielding error by the Seminoles to cut the lead to 4-2.
Burroughs struck out two more in the seventh inning to secure the victory and improve to 12-2 on the year. She allowed three hits, two runs, one earned with one walk and a season-high 11 strikeouts. It is the first time in her last nine appearances that Burroughs has given up three hits in a game. She has surrendered just 10 hits in her last 39.0 innings.
In game two, the Noles again scored immediately in the first inning, plating two runs on a home run by Powers to score Zoe Casas who had an infield single earlier in the inning.
For the second straight game, a double by Victoria East in the second inning drove in a run and Cali Harrod added an RBI fielder’s choice to make it 4-0 FSU after two innings.
Meghan King got the start in the circle for FSU and continued her dominance, retiring the first seven hitters of the game, along with two strikeouts. An FSU fielding error allowed Hannah Dossett to reach base in the third inning, snapping King’s streak of 29 consecutive batters retired, dating back to March 8 at Cal State Fullerton. The Orange added two more singles in the inning to cut the lead to 4-1.
It became a pitcher’s duel the rest of the way between FSU’s King and SU’s Jocelyn Cater. From the bottom of the third until the end of the game, the only batter to reach base for either team was Florida State’s Sydney Broderick as the junior catcher recorded a pair of doubles – one in the third and one in the sixth – but would be left stranded each time.
King started a new streak, retiring the final 13 batters of the game to earn the win and move to 10-1 on the year. She allowed just two hits, one unearned run with zero walks and six strikeouts in the complete game victory.
SU’s Cater (6-4) went 6.0 innings and gave up four runs on six hits with zero walks and three strikeouts.
The Seminoles wrap up the weekend with Syracuse on Sunday, March 20 with a game at 12:00 pm. Sunday’s game will be broadcast with live video on Seminoles.com through a premium subscription to NolesTV. For $3.99 a month, Seminole fans can receive premium video content and live video of many athletic contests.
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