March 19, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In a midweek doubleheader, No. 10/11 Florida State (27-4) recorded two wins over North Florida (17-13) on March 19 in Jacksonville, Fla. The Seminoles defeated the Ospreys 11-1 in six innings in game one and 8-0 in five innings in game two.
“Great job today out of the whole team,” said head coach Lonni Alameda. “We did a great job throughout the lineup to see good pitches, move runners and drive in some runs. All four of our pitchers got work tonight and they were great, allowing only three hits total. I was really pleased with how this family played for each other today.”
FSU grabbed a quick 4-0 lead in the first inning of game one as they brought nine batters to the plate in the frame. Courtney Senas hit her eighth double of the season and then walks to Maddie O’Brien and Bailey Schinella loaded the bases.
Victoria East’s grounder to short was mishandled but brought in a run to make it 1-0 FSU. Kelly Hensley followed a batter later with an RBI groundout to second. Briana Hamilton capped the scoring with a two-run single up the middle to score Schinella and East.
The `Noles brought in two more to make it 6-0 in the second behind an RBI double by O’Brien and an RBI single by Schinella.
Lacey Waldrop threw 4.0 innings in game one surrendering only one walk and one hit before being relieved by Jessica Nori. Waldrop (16-2) faced only 14 batters and recorded seven strikeouts to earn the game one win.
Florida State batted around again in the sixth, plating five runs in the inning. Victoria Daddis led off with a single up the middle and was pushed to second on a Senas walk. Senas matched a career high with three walks in game one.
UNF’s pitcher Cortney Radke appeared to be pitching around the NCAA RBI leader O’Brien with three pitches well out of the strike zone, but decided to come in with a strike on pitch four. Radke then tossed a pitch over the heart of the plate that O’Brien crushed over the wall in left center for her 11th home run of the season.
The inning would continue as redshirt freshman Alex Powers pinch hit for Schinella and crushed a double down the left field line and Ellie Cooper followed with a single to left. Powers would score as Kelly Hensley reached on a throwing error and Cooper would score due to an RBI single from Stephanie Hartness.
Nori pitched the final 2.0 innings allowing one hit and one unearned run while posting two strikeouts.
Game two was another offensive display by FSU as they scored runs in each of the first four innings.
Brown led off the first with a walk, stole second and came into score on a fielding error by the second baseman.
Three runs came across in the second behind singles by East, Hensley and Alex Kossoff, along with an RBI ground out by Celeste Gomez. Two runs were scored in the third via an RBI triple by Hamilton and a Gomez RBI single.
FSU made it 8-0 after the top of the fourth as O’Brien ripped her 12th double of the season to center, scoring Brown and Senas. O’Brien now has 55 RBI on the season which is one shy of the FSU single-season record of 56 set by Yuruby Alicart in 2005.
Jessica Burroughs pitched another amazing game, picking up right where she left off against NC State. After allowing a walk to the second batter of the game, the redshirt freshman retired the next nine batters before allowing a single in the fourth.
Those proved to be the only two blemishes for Burroughs (11-1) as she finished with 4.1 innings pitched, one hit, one walk to go along with five strikeouts. Bailey Schinella pitched the final two outs of the game for FSU, recording two strikeouts.
The Seminoles travel to the Northeast this weekend for a three-game series against Boston College on March 22-23. Due to poor field conditions in Chestnut Hill, Mass., the FSU-BC series will be played at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I. Saturday’s doubleheader will begin at 1:00 p.m., and Sunday’s final game will start at 11:00 a.m.
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