GULFPORT, Miss. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State softball team participated in its lone road trip of the fall season, earning a doubleheader split with fellow 2014 WCWS participant Louisiana on Nov. 2 at the Gulfport Sportsplex in Gulfport, Miss. The Seminoles came from behind and earned a 9-5 win in game one that was scheduled for nine innings but lost in game two by a score of 6-0 in seven innings.
“We learned a lot about our team this weekend,” said head coach Lonni Alameda. “Going on the road can always be tough and playing against a great team presented a unique challenge for us. Bailey Schinella had some great at-bats for us, and we were able to execute several situations to come back in game one. We ran into a tough pitcher in game two who did a great job of limiting our chances. But we‘re getting better and learning what will be required to take the next step toward our goals for the spring.”
Game one against the Ragin’ Cajuns was a defensive battle in the first three innings as the only baserunners allowed were on two walks by FSU starter Jessica Burroughs and one walk from ULL starter and 2014 NFCA All-American Christina Hamilton.
The Seminoles opened the scoring in the bottom of the fourth inning with four two-out runs. A walk by Maddie O’Brien was quickly followed by an RBI double off the wall in left-center by Alex Powers. Bailey Schinella drove a single to center to score Korina Rosario, who pinch ran for Powers.
Victoria Daddis extended the lead to 4-0 FSU with a two-run home run to right-center. Base hits by Victoria East and Alex Kossoff continued the inning, but they would be stranded to end the rally.
Louisiana answered right back with four runs of their own in the top of the fifth on a sac fly and a three-run home run. Burroughs was only charged with one earned run due to a throwing error in the inning.
The game remained tied at 4-4 until the eighth inning despite the Seminoles getting baserunners in each of the fifth, sixth and seventh innings which included base hits from Ellie Cooper, Amy Szymanowski and a walk from Morgan Klaevemann.
The Cajuns took a 5-4 lead in the top of the eighth on another sac fly after loading the bases with nobody out on a single and two walks. FSU would get out of the threat with two pop outs to Powers at first base. Burroughs ended her day with 8.0 innings pitched, two hits, five runs, two earned, five walks and two strikeouts.
Florida State entered the ninth needing two runs for the win and ended up plating five runs in the frame to secure the 9-5 victory. The Seminoles posted six hits in the inning, including doubles from Schinella and Jessica Warren as well as singles from Cooper, Kossoff and Klaevemann.
In game two, Louisiana took a 1-0 lead without the ball leaving the infield by drawing two walks from Lacey Waldrop and hitting into two fielder’s choices.
The best offensive chance for Florida State came in bottom of the second as Powers, Schinella and Daddis each registered infield singles. They would be left stranded as ULL starter Jordan Wallace recorded back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning.
Wallace shut down the Seminoles the rest of the way, allowing just three FSU base runners over the final five innings on walks to Powers and Rylan Harvey, and also hitting Warren with a pitch. Wallace pitched 7.0 shutout innings and recorded 13 strikeouts as she continually mixed speed and location to keep the FSU hitters off balance.
Waldrop allowed one run in the fourth, three in the sixth and one in the seventh in the loss. She finished with 7.0 innings, allowing six runs, four earned and recorded eight strikeouts.
Florida State will be back in fall action on November 13 at 6:00 p.m. in a game against Tallahassee Community College at JoAnne Graf Field. The remaining fall schedule includes a game against the USSSA Pride on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. and a Garnet and Gold game on Nov. 16 at 12 p.m. Admission is free to all fall events.
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