MIAMI, Fla. – The Seminoles continued the Juiceblendz Softball Invitational on Saturday with a pair of games at Felsberg Field on the campus of FIU. No. 10 Florida State (3-1) earned a split on the day, defeating LIU Brooklyn (3-1), 12-0 in five innings, in the morning and falling to Illinois (2-1), 5-1, in the afternoon.
“We came out aggressive against LIU this morning, but struggled a bit at the plate against Illinois,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “We’re a young team and will have a lot of learning moments like this throughout the season. Illinois was an aggressive team take took advantage of the opportunities we gave them.”
The Noles scored all the runs they would need against LIU in the first inning as FSU scored nine runs as 13 batters came to the plate in the inning. A trio of singles from Morgan Klaevemann, Jessica Warren and Ellie Cooper loaded the bases and Alex Powers brought in the first run on a sacrifice fly. Walks to Cali Harrod and Alex Kossoff, along with Victoria Daddis getting hit by a pitch made it 3-0.
FSU then added runs in chunks with two-RBI singles from Zoe Casas and Warren, as well as a two-run double by Cooper.
Meghan King (2-0) earned the win in the circle in the shortened game, tossing 3.0 shutout innings with three hits, zero walks and two strikeouts.
Florida State added to its lead in the fourth inning, plating three runs on a bases loaded walk by Tessa Daniels and another two-RBI single from Casas. Freshman Jasmine Palmer and Powers added singles in the inning.
Daniels also pitched the final two innings in the circle, allowing three hits with two strikes to close out the shutout.
The Seminoles and Illini faced each other immediately after and FSU got into an early hole as starter Jessica Burroughs allowed a leadoff double to Carly Thomas. She came around to score after a sacrifice bunt and an RBI single to third base.
Illinois added to their lead in the fourth inning on a three-run home run by Nicole Tobon to score Annie Fleming and Stephanie Abello, who had reached on a single and double, respectively.
Jade Vecvanags pitched well for Illinois, keeping FSU off the board until the sixth inning. Cooper walked on four pitches to start the inning and moved up to second on a stolen base. After a groundout moved her to third, Cooper came in to score on an infield RBI single from Kossoff. Vecvanags (1-1) pitched 7.0 innings, allowing five hits, one run with three walks and four strikeouts.
King pitched the final 2.0 innings for the Noles, allowing one run on two hits with a walk. Burroughs took the loss and moved to 1-1 on the season after 4.0 innings of work, giving up six hits, four runs, zero walks and totaling three strikeouts.
Florida State will wrap up the Juiceblendz Softball Invitational on Sunday with a single game against Valparaiso at 11 a.m. Live stats as well as a free streaming radio broadcast will be available on Seminoles.com.
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