TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Redeeming Friday’s shutout loss to the Ducks, No. 13 Florida State (15-6) came from behind to earn a 2-1 win on Sunday against No. 6 Oregon (18-4) on the final day of the Unconquered Invitational at JoAnne Graf Field.
“We preach focus, making adjustments and having a next pitch mentality, and we saw all three of those today,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “Going down early, I saw the team dig in and continue to take chances and take advantage of opportunities. We’ve had a couple of losses this season, but each time we faced that team again this season, like against Michigan or Alabama or Oregon, we’ve come out with a win. So I’m really pleased with how as a complete team and staff we are able to find the ways to improve and change and move forward. Great way to end the weekend.”
Oregon threatened in the first inning, loading the bases with two outs on an infield single, a fielder’s choice and a walk. FSU starting pitcher Meghan King got out of the jam with a strikeout to Mia Camuso to end the inning.
The Ducks opened the scoring in the second inning, sparked by a leadoff single by Shaye Bowden. A walk and a sacrifice bunt moved the runners up to second and third, and an RBI single by Jenna Lilley gave Oregon a 1-0 lead. After a groundout, Kylee Hanson entered to pitch for King and got out of the inning with a pop out to second base.
The Seminoles scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 2-1 lead. Jessie Warren was hit by a pitch and a grounder to short by Sydney Sherrill went through the legs of Oregon SS DJ Sanders, allowing the runners to end up on second and third.
Carsyn Gordon tied the game on a fielder’s choice to short as the throw home was not able to beat Warren. After a walk to Cassidy Davis loaded the bases, Elizabeth Mason hit a sacrifice fly to left to make it 2-1 Florida State.
Hanson pitched outstanding in relief, retiring 16 of the 17 batters she faced to win her eighth game of the season. The redshirt senior was aided by double plays in the fourth and sixth innings to stifle the Oregon offense. Hanson allowed just two hits and zero walks with three strikeouts over the final 5.1 innings of the game. King pitched 1.2 innings in her start, giving up three hits, two walks and a run with one strikeout.
For the weekend, the Seminoles recorded seven double plays and now have 10 twin-killings through the first 21 games of the season.
Florida State will hit the road this week for a game with Penn in Clearwater at 1:15 p.m. on March 8, before heading to Jacksonville for a doubleheader with North Florida on March 10, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Live stats and other broadcast information with be available on the softball schedule page on Seminoles.com.
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