March 13, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Not even a 1 hour, 15 minute lightning delay could slow down Florida State redshirt junior pitcher Monica Perry as she helped deliver a 1-0 victory over Chattanooga on Tuesday evening at JoAnne Graf Field.
The game, which began at 6 p.m. after the first hour was delayed due to threatening weather, was won on a solo home run by Maddie O’Brien in the second inning that provided the only scoring. Perry (9-2) continued to lead the Seminoles (21-3) in the circle as she rung up seven Lady Mocs (14-9) and threw her fifth complete game of the season.
Once again, Perry did not surrender a single run and actually scattered five hits, tied for her second most allowed this season. Amazingly, in Perry’s last 34.1 innings pitched she has not allowed an earned run. A similar streak was shown by teammate Lacey Waldrop early in the season when she collected a stretch of 28 straight innings pitched without allowing an earned run.
“Tonight was definitely a tough middle-of-the-week, nonconference win for us,” head coach Lonni Alameda said following her 298th career victory. “Our team has really jelled together and we continue to get great pitching from Monica. She was a big boost for us yet again tonight and we’re happy to be in the position we’re in.”
For the fifth time this season in a starting capacity, Perry did not allow a walk. She also did not surrender an extra-base hit for the third consecutive start, limiting the Lady Mocs from getting in scoring position. One of Chattanooga’s biggest threats came in the seventh inning with runners on first and second base and one out, but Nicole Osterman’s double play on a liner to Perry ended the game.
Chattanooga’s Taylor Deason (9-4) held FSU to one run on seven hits in six innings pitched, with her lone blemish being the home run given up to O’Brien in the second inning. Deason managed to leave 10 FSU runners on base, holding the Seminoles to 3-of-15 with runners on.
FSU had a prime opportunity for runs in the bottom of the first as Borden’s double put her and Shayla Jackson in scoring position with just one out. However, a fielder’s choice by Erika Leonard to Jessica Traxler at shortstop resulted in a double play in which Jackson and Leonard were both tagged while trying to advance a base.
O’Brien connected on her third home run of the season with two outs in the second inning, handling a 1-0 fastball and driving it well over the right field wall.
In the third inning, Chattanooga threatened to score with a runner on third base and two outs following consecutive wild pitches. However, Perry battled back from a 3-1 count versus Cheyenne Willis and managed to strike her out to end the frame.
FSU takes to the road as it heads to Tampa, Fla., for the USF Under Armour Classic this weekend. The Seminoles will first play in an exhibition in Tampa on Friday evening versus the Dutch National Team at 6:45 p.m. FSU follows with two matchups against Northwestern (11:15 a.m.) and Fairfield (1:45 p.m.) on Saturday, as well as Rutgers (11:15 a.m.) and USF (1:30 p.m.) on Sunday.