March 31, 2014
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The No. 9/11 Seminoles (34-4, 12-2 ACC) took game three to sweep the regular season series over North Carolina (18-15, 9-5) with a 5-1 win at Anderson Stadium on March 31. Florida State has won nine straight ACC contests having swept NC State, Boston College and North Carolina.
“Great job by this family to play Florida State softball and go out and get the win,” said head coach Lonni Alameda. “We had some timely hits and were able to take advantage of a few UNC mistakes. Lacey kept them in control in the circle and it was a great overall team win. We look forward to maintaining this momentum as the season continues.”
The Tar Heels struck first in the bottom of the first inning behind a leadoff single by Aquilla Mateen. A passed ball and a ground out moved her to third before scoring on a sac fly to center by Kristen Brown.
Florida State came right back and took the lead in the top of the second as Stephanie Hartness and Celeste Gomez each drew walks to bring Briana Hamilton to the plate. The third baseman battled to a full count and then hit her second home run in as many games with a three-run shot to center to give Florida State a 3-1 lead.
Maddie O’Brien and Bailey Schinella led off the FSU third with singles which ended the day for UNC starter Lori Spingola. Spingola (13-9) finished with 2.0 innings, allowing three hits, four runs with four walks and zero strikeouts in a losing effort.
Lauren Batten came in and allowed an infield single to Victoria East to load the bases. Alex Powers pinch hit two batters later and hit an RBI single down the left field line to extend the Florida State lead to 4-1 after three innings.
Courtney Senas made it 5-1 in the fourth as she hit a home run to center. The senior now has eight home runs in 2014 and 29 for her career, which is tied for second-most in FSU history with Veronica Wootson (2004-07). The Seminoles brought the power to Chapel Hill as they hit seven total home runs in the three-game series.
Waldrop quietly went about her business in the circle and pitched an amazing game to keep the Tar Heels in check all night long. The junior scattered three hits over 7.0 innings and allowed just one walk while recording four strikeouts to improve to 22-2 on the season.
After allowing two singles in the first inning, Waldrop retired 19 of the final 22 North Carolina batters she faced to earn the complete game victory.
The Seminoles have a short turnaround and will play at Florida on Wed., April 2 with first pitch scheduled for 6:00 p.m. The game will be aired on ESPN3.
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