TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Fighting back from Friday’s setback, No. 13 Florida State (14-6) earned a pair of wins on Saturday in day two of the Unconquered Invitational with a 6-2 victory over Florida Gulf Coast (13-3) before closing the day with a 5-0 shutout against Hofstra (10-6).
FSU’s Jessie Warren tallied three RBI on the day to increase her career total to 231, setting an ACC record. The senior surpassed Whitney Haller who posted 228 for Georgia Tech from 2006-09.
“Outstanding way to answer back after how yesterday went,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “We know this game is a game of failure and in order to be successful, you need to push through that adversity. We made some adjustments both prior to the game and in game and it was great to see everyone be focused on the process and being present for each pitch. One more game tomorrow and I am excited to face Oregon again.”
Game 1: No. 13 Florida State 6, Florida Gulf Coast 2
The Seminoles took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first against the Eagles as freshman Sydney Sherrill opening the scoring with a solo home run to left field. The inning continued with a single by Carsyn Gordon and a walk to Cassidy Davis, and Elizabeth Mason hit an RBI double into the left field corner on the first pitch of her at bat.
Sherrill helped add to the FSU lead in the third inning by leading off with the first triple of her career to right. Gordon followed with her second base hit of the day, driving in Sherrill on an RBI single to right field for a 3-0 FSU lead.
Sabrina Stutsman hit her first career home run to right in the bottom of the fifth to extend the lead to 5-0, driving in Mason who drew a walk earlier in the inning.
FSU starter Kylee Hanson had a very clean start, allowing just two hits and a walk through the first 5.0 innings of the game, before being replaced in the circle by freshman Savanna Copeland for the top of the sixth.
Copeland allowed the first three batters she faced to reach on infield singles to load the bases and an RBI fielder’s choice to short brought in the first run of the game for Florida Gulf Coast. The Eagles added another on an RBI single up the middle by Brooke Clemens, ending Copeland’s day in the circle as Hanson re-entered to pitch for the Seminoles.
Hanson (7-3) struck out the next two batters she faced to end the sixth inning and closed out the seventh with three more strikeouts to secure the win. She finished with 12 strikeouts in her 6.2 innings pitched in the win.
The Seminoles added another run in the bottom of the sixth utilizing Harrod’s speed as the junior beat out an infield single to short, stole second, tagged and advanced on a fly out to right and easily came in to score on a single through the left side by Sherrill.
Sherrill finished a double short of the cycle on 3-for-4 hitting with two RBI and two runs scored. The freshman leads the Seminoles with a .414 batting average and half of her 24 hits this season have gone for extra bases as she has eight doubles, a triple and three home runs.
Game 2: No. 13 Florida State 5, Hofstra 0
Florida State scored again in the first inning, taking a quick 1-0 lead on an RBI single by Sherrill, driving in Harrod who opened the game with a single to center.
A four-run second inning broke open the game for Florida State, highlighted by a bases-clearing double by Warren to push the Seminole lead to 5-0.
Singles by Stutsman and Korina Rosario, along with a walk from Leslie Farris, loaded the bases earlier in the inning, setting the stage for Harrod to drive in a run with a bases-loaded walk of her own.
Seminole starter Meghan King combined with Davis to toss a one-hitter, keeping the Pride batters off-balance all game. King (7-3) finished with five strikeouts over five innings, allowing just one hit and two walks, while Davis tossed the final 2.0 innings, retiring all six batters she faced, including two strikeouts.
The Seminoles will close out the 2018 Unconquered Invitational on Sunday, March 4 with a game against No. 6 Oregon at 11:30 a.m. Admission is free and links for live stats and FSU Softball Radio will be available on the softball schedule page of Seminoles.com.
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