Feb. 11, 2012
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Another superb day in the circle elevated the Florida State University softball team to the Seminole Classic Championship as it defeated Tennessee Tech twice on Saturday by scores of 5-2 and 8-0 in six innings.
Coming into the season with strong expectations of the depth in its pitching staff, four members in Monica Perry, Jessica Nori, Lacey Waldrop and Bailey Schinella have taken advantage of their auditions in the first weekend of the season. On Saturday, Perry (1-0) earned her first win as a Seminole after tossing five strong frames and allowing one run on one hit with three strikeouts.
Despite surrendering a run in the top half of the first inning, Perry settled down and retired 14 of her next 16 batters faced in FSU’s game one win over the Golden Eagles (0-4). The Whitesburg, Ga., native finished strong for FSU, retiring every batter between the third and fifth innings while preventing her last 10 batters faced from reaching base.
Perry also helped herself at the plate in the first contest, hammering a first-pitch offering from pitcher Holly Thomas well over the right field wall for FSU’s first home run of the season. The two-run shot put the Seminoles (4-0) ahead at 4-1 before getting another run in the sixth when Courtney Senas crossed the plate following a fielding error off the bat of Morgan Bullock.
“Monica threw much better today and showed what she can also do at the plate,” head coach Lonni Alameda said. “She and a bunch of our other players came back stronger today and have put us in our desired position for tomorrow. We’ve played Ole Miss once already and they were a handful, so we’ve got to stay focused and try to get through this weekend unblemished.”
Waldrop, a freshman from Colonial Heights, Va., made her second appearance as a Seminole a memorable one when she tossed five no-hit innings in FSU’s game two mercy-rule victory. Waldrop (1-0) retired 16 of her 19 batters faced, allowing one fielder’s choice while two Golden Eagles reached base on errors. Waldrop was noticeably comfortable in the circle, mixing up pitches with pinpoint accuracy. She was relieved by Nori, who threw the final inning and did not allow a run.
Schinella came on in relief in the first game and picked up her first save as a Seminole. She threw two innings and allowed two hits and one run, but pitched out of a jam to prevent Tennessee Tech from getting within striking distance.
Redshirt freshman Maddie O’Brien provided one of the biggest hits of the day in game one, roping a two-out, two-run triple down the right field line to give FSU the lead at 2-1 in the third inning. In game one, FSU produced just four hits but kept Tennessee Tech’s hitting at a minimum courtesy of some tremendous defensive plays by the infield.
The Seminoles racked up four extra-base hits in game two, as Amber Bryant recorded the first triple of her career to highlight a four-run fourth inning. Bryant finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI, while Senas was the other Seminole to record multiple hits after finishing 2-for-3 with a double.
FSU put together 11 base hits in 29 at-bats in the second game.
The Seminoles will face Ole Miss in the Seminole Classic Championship on Sunday morning at approximately 11:15 a.m. at JoAnne Graf Field. Admission to all FSU softball games is free throughout the regular season.