TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Playing for the first time in 2016 in front of its home fans, No. 13 Florida State (5-1) earned an 11-0 victory in five innings over Stephen F. Austin (3-2) on Wednesday night on JoAnne Graf Field. FSU pitchers Jessica Burroughs, Meghan King and Abby Evans combined to toss a one-hitter and allowed only three baserunners for the entire game.
“It is different playing in your own park, but the kids came out and played well,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “They came out ready to go. JB threw well and set the tone. Other than that little snafu with the error, everyone took care of what they needed to do, which was good to see and really good for what’s coming up this weekend.”
Stephen F. Austin’s leadoff batter, Alisa Hamilton, reached on an FSU throwing error, but she would be the lone SFA baserunner until the final inning as Seminole starter Burroughs struck out the next three batters. She also struck out the side in the second and took the win and moved to 3-1 with a final line of 3.0 innings pitched without allowing a hit or walk and seven strikeouts after facing just 10 batters.
King took to the circle and faced seven hitters in 1.2 innings, giving up the lone Lumberjack hit in the top of the fifth. The redshirt freshman recorded four strikeouts in the five outs that she pitched. Evans made her first career appearance for FSU and faced the final SFA hitter in the fifth inning, inducing a ground ball to third to end the game.
The Seminoles used a 10-run inning in the second to explode out to an early lead. Alex Kossoff continued her hot start at the plate in 2016, registering two hits in the frame, scoring twice and driving in two runs. The senior outfielder leads the team with eight RBI this season.
Also in the second, Sydney Broderick laced an two-RBI double to the wall in center and Alex Powers followed with an RBI double to left. Morgan Klaevemann added a walk and an RBI single in the frame. FSU was aided by four Lumberjack errors in the inning as all 10 runs were unearned to Makayla Sikes, who moved to 0-2 on the year.
FSU plated another run in the fourth after Cali Harrod led off with a walk and moved to second on a single to left by Ellie Cooper. A groundout by Zoe Casas moved the runners into scoring position and a wild pitch from Sikes allowed Harrod to score to mark the final score of 11-0.
Next up for the Seminoles will be the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on February 19-21. No. 2 Michigan (4-1), No. 20 Minnesota (3-2) and Virginia Tech (1-4) will come to Tallahassee as each school will play two games against each school in the other conference over the course of the weekend. FSU will face Michigan on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 5:00 p.m., followed by Minnesota on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
Admission is free for all regular season games at JoAnne Graf Field and live stats as well as a free streaming radio broadcast will be available on Seminoles.com.
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