March 11, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Another good outing by pitcher Monica Perry coupled with some early run support at the plate guided the No. 22 Florida State University softball team to a 6-0 victory over N.C. State on Sunday afternoon at JoAnne Graf Field.
The win gives the Seminoles (20-3, 3-0) their first 3-0 start in ACC play since 2004, which was the last time they made the NCAA Women’s College World Series. FSU also recorded its sixth shutout of the season, including two straight versus the Wolfpack (12-13, 0-3).
Perry (8-2) did not allow any runs in her second straight start, scattering just two hits with one strikeout in six innings pitched. Perry combined with Lacey Waldrop, Jessica Nori and Bailey Schinella to allow just one run in 19 innings pitched in the weekend series. In Perry’s two starts versus N.C. State, she allowed three hits in 11 innings pitched and held the Wolfpack to a .083 batting average.
“Monica pitched well once again this weekend. She’s been rock solid for us so far this season,” head coach Lonni Alameda said. “We were able to come back home from Hawaii this week, get ourselves adjusted to the Eastern time zone again and really came out hard and had three solid performances versus N.C. State.”
During the game, Perry allowed just one Wolfpack runner to reach scoring position, retiring 18 of her 21 batters faced.
Leading the Seminoles at the plate was senior right fielder Shayla Jackson, who went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs. It was Jackson’s fifth multiple-hit game of the season, as FSU produced seven base hits in 22 at-bats off N.C. state pitchers Morgan Peeler (4-4) and Emily Weiman.
Despite not recording a hit in the second inning, FSU took a 2-0 advantage early against the Wolfpack. Erika Leonard, Briana Hamilton and Courtney Senas drew consecutive walks to load the bases, and pinch runner Erika Hoffner scored from third base on a passed ball. With one out, Maddie O’Brien drove in another run on a long sacrifice fly down the left field line, making it 2-0.
In the fourth inning, Morgan Bullock’s groundout to the right side brought in another run to give the Seminoles a 3-0 lead. FSU had loaded the bases with no outs following an infield single by Kelly Hensley, but couldn’t come away with more runs when a fielder’s choice and groundout ended the frame.
An insurance run was added in the fifth on a well-executed rundown between Senas and Hamilton. Hamilton hit a line-drive double to the centerfield gap with two outs, then rounded third base on Senas’ infield single. On the same play, Senas forced a rundown that allowed Hamilton to score before Senas was tagged out by first baseman Leah Jones.
Jackson continued FSU’s scoring in the sixth inning, recording a two-run triple to right center with two outs. The three-bagger was Jackson’s 12th career triple, sitting just three triples shy of earning a spot on the Top 10 list at FSU.
The Seminoles return to JoAnne Graf Field for a home game on Tuesday, March 13, against Tennessee-Chattanooga. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.