TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Opening the Unconquered Invitational against a pair of teams that had a combined five pitchers with ERAs under 2.10, the Seminole offense struggled on Friday as No. 13 Florida State (12-6) lost 1-0 to Hofstra (10-4) in 10 innings, before being shutout by No. 6 Oregon (15-3) by a score of 5-0.
“Unlucky in some spots today, but we faced some quality teams this afternoon and just came out on the wrong side,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “This game is a mental battle and we will continue to fight. I know we are doing some really good things, making some adjustments and we’ll take all of this forward with us. Tomorrow is a new day and I’m looking forward to getting back in the dugout with this squad.”
Game 1: Hofstra 1, No. 13 Florida State 0 (10 innings)
Offense was at a premium in the first game of the day as a sacrifice fly in the tenth inning proved to be the difference in Hofstra’s 1-0 win.
FSU’s Kylee Hanson was very efficient in the circle and faced the minimum amount of batters until the eighth inning. Hofstra got its first baserunner on an FSU error in the third inning, but a double play by Cali Harrod, Sydney Sherrill and Carson Gordon ended the inning.
In the fourth inning, the Pride had their first base hit of the game, and after a sacrifice bunt moved her to second with one out, the Seminoles got out of the inning on a double play started by Korina Rosario on a flyout to left center as the senior threw out the runner trying to tag to third.
Hanson (6-3) finished with a season-high 13 strikeouts for the game, including striking out the side in the fifth and seventh innings. She allowed just three hits and did not walk anyone in her 10.0 innings pitched.
The Seminole offense struggled to find a foothold against Hofstra starting pitcher Sarah Cornell. Gordon and Cassidy Davis started the FSU second inning with infield singles, but a trio of strikeouts left them stranded. Davis and Sherrill hit doubles in the fourth and sixth innings, respectively, but were not able to progress further.
Davis nearly ended the game twice for the Seminoles, but narrowly missed each chance as she led off the bottom of the seventh with a long fly ball to left that was caught at the wall. The sophomore came to the plate in the ninth inning with runners on first and second, after Jessie Warren and Gordon reached on walks, but her batted ball up the middle was snagged by the Hofstra 2B to start an inning-ending double play.
Hofstra scored the game’s only run in the tenth inning after a leadoff double by Brittany Allocca. She was moved up to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a sacrifice fly by Sarah Edwards. The Seminoles managed a single in the bottom of the tenth from Zoe Casas, but could not extend the game.
Game 2: No. 6 Oregon 5, No. 13 Florida State 0
The Seminoles recorded their third double play of the day in the first inning against Oregon, as after a one-out single by Alexis Mack, FSU’s Meghan King got Shannon Rhodes to line into an inning-ending double play at first.
Harrod led off the FSU first with an infield single, and Warren followed with a single up the middle. Harrod tried to take third on the play but lost her footing around second base and was retired on the play.
That was the last base hit for the Seminoles as Oregon starter Miranda Elish only allowed three more runners for the remainder of the game on walks to Sherrill and Davis, along with Casas reaching on an error in the fourth.
King (6-3) gave up a solo home run to Oregon’s Gwen Svekis to start the second inning, and after a walk was replaced in the circle by Cassidy Davis. King finished with two hits over 1.0 innings with two runs allowed, one walk and one strikeout. Davis scattered three hits over 4.1 innings, allowing two runs and two walks with two strikeouts in her relief appearance.
Tessa Daniels allowed a run on two hits over 0.2 innings with a walk, while Savanna Copeland pitched the final 1.0 of the game for the Noles, recording a pair of strikeouts.
The Seminoles continue the Unconquered Invitational with a pair of games on Saturday, March 3. FSU will play Florida Gulf Coast at 12:30 p.m., and will close out with a contest against Hofstra at 3:00 p.m.
Admission is free for all games at JoAnne Graf Field this weekend and links for live stats and FSU Softball Radio will be available on the softball schedule page of Seminoles.com.
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