CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Continuing its perfect start in conference play, No. 11 Florida State (26-3, 6-0 ACC) completed the regular-season sweep of North Carolina (15-17, 3-6 ACC) with a pair of wins on Saturday afternoon at Anderson Stadium. The Noles posted a 9-6 victory in game one of the doubleheader and finished with a 12-5 win. The Seminoles earned the series victory over North Carolina and are unbeaten in their last 27 series against ACC opponents, going 24-0-3 since losing the series with Maryland on May 5-6, 2012.
Over that span, Florida State has swept 19 teams and posted a 1-1 split with Virginia Tech (2014), Notre Dame (2014) and Louisville (2015).
“It is always a challenge to win on the road, especially here at North Carolina,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “We didn’t have our best day in the circle, but I loved how Meghan and JB never quit and kept fighting for the next pitch. At the plate, we got production up and down the lineup and were able to score in bunches. Pleased to get the win today and wrap up a solid weekend.”
For the 19th time this season, FSU got on the board in the first inning scoring a run on a sacrifice fly from Alex Powers. Morgan Klaevemann opened the game with a walk, which effectively became a double as she immediately stole second base. Moving up to third on a UNC fielding error, she came in to score on a fly out down the left field line.
North Carolina took the lead in the bottom half of the inning, getting a pair of runners on with a single from Taylor Wike and Berlynne Delamora being hit by a pitch. Kendra Lynch drove in both runs to give UNC a 2-1 lead with a two-RBI single through the right side.
The Seminoles brought 12 batters to the plate in an eight-run second inning to post a 9-2 lead. Carsyn Gordon recorded two doubles in the inning and Zoe Casas launched the first home run of her career on a two-run HR to right. Cali Harrod and Sydney Broderick added RBI singles in the inning while Powers brought in a pair of Seminoles on a single to left.
The Tar Heels answered back with three runs in the bottom of the second to cut the lead to 9-5 on singles by Aquila Mateen and Destiny DeBerry, followed by a home run by Taylor Wike.
UNC added another run in the third inning after a leadoff single from Kristen Brown and she eventually came around to score on an FSU throwing error.
The game settled down the rest of the way as FSU’s Meghan King and UNC’s relief pitcher Lauren Fuller kept the game at 9-6 Florida State until the final out. Fuller entered to start the third inning to replace starter Kendra Lynch (13-13) who allowed nine runs, eight earned on six hits with three walks and zero strikeouts.
Fuller scattered four hits and three walks in the final 5.0 innings but did not allow the Noles to score as FSU left the bases loaded in the fourth and sixth inning.
FSU’s King (11-1) tossed four scoreless innings to close out the game and earn the win. She finished with 7.0 innings pitched and allowed eight hits, six runs with three walks and three strikeouts.
In game two, the Seminoles struck first with a pair of runs in the second inning. Back-to-back doubles by Gordon and Victoria East brought in the first run of the game and Harrod made it 2-0 on an RBI single to centerfield.
FSU added four in the third inning, highlighted by a three-run double from Harrod and a bases-loaded walk by East. Powers and Warren added singles in the inning as the Seminoles took a 6-0 lead.
UNC got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning following two singles and two walks, including a bases-loaded walk to Kristen Brown to make it 6-1 FSU. Following a strikeout from FSU starter Jessica Burroughs, UNC plated two more runs on a Seminole throwing error to cut the lead to 6-3 Florida State after three full innings.
The Noles added to their lead in the fourth on a two-run home run from Broderick, scoring Alex Powers, who singled and stole second base earlier in the inning.
North Carolina got back in the game with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Jill Ferraro led off the inning with a single and was pinch-run for by Kiana Sherlund. Sherlund later stole second and eventually scored on the play as FSU committed a pair of errors. The inning continued and a pair of walks and an RBI single from Brown cut the lead to 8-5 FSU.
A four-run fifth inning pushed the Seminole advantage to 12-5. Gordon and East led off the inning with singles and a walk to Harrod loaded the bases. Klaevemann knocked a two-RBI single back up the middle and Ellie Cooper followed with a two-RBI double, her seventh extra-base hit in her last 10 hits.
Burroughs shut down the Tar Heels the rest of the way and improved to 15-2 with the complete-game victory. She gave up seven hits, five runs, three earned with five walks and four strikeouts.
UNC’s Fuller (0-1) took the loss after allowing 12 runs on 12 hits with two walks and zero strikeouts in 4.0 innings.
The Seminoles are back in action on Tuesday, March 29 with a road game at UCF (23-13) in Orlando, Fla. First pitch will be at 5:30 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on UCF’s premium All-Access service along with a free radio stream with Robin Ahrberg and Ryann Day and live stats on Seminoles.com.
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