LOS ANGELES – The Seminoles bats came out again on the final day of the 2016 Stacy Winsberg Tournament. No. 12 Florida State (17-3) used seven extra-base hits, including a walk-off grand slam by Carsyn Gordon to defeat CSUN (10-9) by a score of 10-0 in six innings at Easton Stadium on the campus of UCLA.
“Even though the threat of rain was in the area, it ended up being a beautiful day for softball,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “The whole team was loose, excited to play and it showed on the field. Great job all weekend out of everyone dealing with the challenges of playing games in multiple locations, the time changes and the different styles of play from our opponents. Looking forward to closing out this portion of the road trip at Fullerton on Tuesday and going from there.”
As they have nearly every game in the last few weeks, the Seminoles scored runs in the first inning, sparked by a leadoff walk to Morgan Klaevemann. Zoe Casas stepped in and drove an RBI double to the wall in right center, her team-leading eighth double of the season, to make it 1-0 FSU.
After a groundout moved Casas to third, Jessica Warren made it 2-0 with her fourth sacrifice fly of the year. The inning continued with a walk to Sydney Broderick and she came in to score on an RBI double by Carsyn Gordon, her 20th RBI of the season, to give the Noles a 3-0 lead after the first inning.
The Florida State offense created base hit opportunities from the second to the fourth inning on a pair of singles by Klaevemann and base hits by Alex Powers, Cali Harrod and Broderick, but were unable to bring across any runs.
The Noles broke back into the scoring column in the fifth, plating three runs on four extra-base hits. Powers got things going with a double to right center which was followed by a towering home run by Warren to right. It was Warren’s fifth home run of the season, giving her 24 for her career and moving her into a tie with Tiffany Daniels (1986-89) for 7th place all-time in FSU history.
Doubles from Gordon and Ellie Cooper later in the inning brought in another run to give the Seminoles a 6-0 lead going to the sixth inning.
FSU starter Meghan King had a solid performance in the circle, scattering one base hit in each of the first four innings while keeping the Matadors off the scoreboard. CSUN threatened in the fifth inning, with a pair of one-out singles to put a runner in scoring position, but a fly out to center and a groundout to King in the circle ended the inning.
In the FSU sixth, Klaevemann walked to open the inning and immediately stole second for her third stolen base of the game. It marked the first time that a Seminole had stolen three bases in a game since Tiffani Brown swiped three bases against Southern Miss on February 16, 2014.
The inning continued with a walk to Casas and an intentional walk to Warren, giving Gordon another bases loaded opportunity with two outs in the inning. For the third time this season, the freshman utility player crushed a grand slam, ending the game in a 10-0 run-rule victory.
Gordon’s three grand slams for the 2016 season puts her in a tie for No. 11 on the NCAA single-season list and tied for 25th on the NCAA career list in the category.
King (7-1) earned the complete-game victory in the circle, giving up six hits with zero walks and two strikeouts.
Florida State will stay in southern California and play Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday night at 9:00 pm ET. The game will be broadcast live via streaming radio on Seminoles.com and the Seminoles.com mobile app with Robin Ahrberg. Live stats will also be available on Seminoles.com.
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