TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Taking on the nation’s No. 29-ranked team in ERA (1.99), No. 13 Florida State (31-6) combined for 15 runs on 19 hits with 10 extra-base hits as the Seminoles earned a doubleheader sweep of No. 19 Louisiana (23-9) on Wednesday night at JoAnne Graf Field. FSU shutout the Ragin’ Cajuns, 8-0, in five innings in game one and posted a 7-1 victory in game two.
Florida State has now won 19 consecutive games, dating back to March 3, and has recorded seven run-rule victories over that span. It is the ninth-longest winning streak in school history and the longest since the Seminoles won 24 consecutive games from March 3-April 9, 2017.
A pair of freshmen shined for the Seminoles as Elizabeth Mason combined to go 5-for-7 at the plate with a double, two RBI, three runs scored and three stolen bases. Sydney Sherrill had four hits on the night, including two doubles and a home run, increasing her total to 18 doubles, which is tied with Carly Wynn (2010) for third in FSU single-season history.
“During the journey of the season, you grow as a team,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “And we have also continued to grow individually. Some freshmen are coming in big for us right now and some returners are hitting their stride, and we are coming together with some of the injured kids getting back in there. So you are seeing the baby steps come together. It was two well-played games today against a really good team. Really proud of the crew and really excited about our journey right now.”
Game 1: No. 13 Florida State 8, No. 19 Louisiana 0 (5 Innings)
Cali Harrod quickly put the Seminoles up 1-0 with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first inning, her fourth HR of the season.
Florida State broke the game open in the second inning, scoring four runs on four hits, including three extra base hits. Zoe Casas started the inning with a single to right and scored on a triple by Leslie Farris. Harrod drove in her second run of the game with a two-out double to RF and Gordon followed with an RBI triple to right center. Gordon came in to score on a wild pitch by Louisiana’s Carrie Boswell as Florida State led 5-0 after two innings.
Mason sparked the Seminole offense for a lone run in the third inning, hitting an infield single, moving up to second base on a Louisiana throwing error and stole third on the play as no one was covering third base. Mason scored a batter later as Casas grounded out to shortstop, but it was deep enough to extend the Seminole lead to 6-0.
Harrod got within a single short of the cycle with a two-out triple to right in the fourth inning, but would not get another at bat as the Seminoles secured the run-rule victory in the fifth.
Sherrill singled to left to start the Seminole fifth inning and quickly stole second base. An RBI single through the right side by Warren scored Sherrill from second and Warren was pinch-run for at first by Deja Bush. Bush stole second and moved up to third on a single by Mason. Casas ended the game on an RBI infield single, scoring Bush for the 8-0 FSU victory in five innings.
Kylee Hanson (17-3) scattered two hits over 5.0 shutout innings, giving up a walk and recording two strikeouts. It is Hanson’s 11th appearance this season where she has given up two hits or fewer in a game.
Game 2: No. 13 Florida State 7, No. 19 Louisiana 1
Florida State scored again in the first inning and took a 1-0 lead on a two-out RBI single by Mason off Louisiana starting pitcher Summer Ellyson. Gordon hit a one-out double earlier in the inning and scored on the base hit to center.
Louisiana tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the fourth inning as Lexie Comeau hit a two-out double to right field and scored on a single up the middle by Kourtney Gremillion.
The Seminoles took the lead back in the bottom of the inning as Mason led off with a double to left center. She moved up to third on a groundout and Anna Shelnutt walked to put runners on the corners. Deja Bush pinch-ran for Shelnutt and stole second for her eighth SB of the season.
Farris grounded into a fielder’s choice to third as the Ragin’ Cajuns caught Mason in a rundown. As Mason tried to get back to third, she was blocked by the LA third baseman. The umpires ruled the obstruction, but play continued and Mason stole home and scored as the defense just stood still in the infield, putting the Noles up 2-1.
Gordon walked to start the Seminole fifth inning and stole second to move into scoring position. Mason drove in her second run of the day on a single to center for a 3-1 FSU lead. The redshirt freshman stole second and moved to third on a passed ball before scoring on an RBI infield single to short by Casas to make it 4-1 Florida State.
The Noles put the game out of reach in the sixth inning as Sabrina Stutsman battled back from a 1-2 count to draw a walk and Harrod drew a one-out walk of her own. Sherrill hit her seventh home run of the season to make it 7-1 FSU, launching the ball over the fence in right center.
FSU’s Meghan King allowed a leadoff single to Louisiana in the seventh, but retired the final three batters to close out the complete-game victory. The redshirt junior improved to 13-3 on the season and allowed a run on five hits with one walk and four strikeouts.
The Seminoles will remain at home this weekend for a three-game series with Pitt (19-13-1, 8-3 ACC) on April 6-8. Friday’s game will be our annual “Paint It Pink” game, and will start at 6:00 p.m. Saturday’s game will begin at 1:00 p.m., with first pitch for Sunday’s finale scheduled for 12:00 p.m. All three games will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra and links for video, FSU softball radio and live stats will be available on the softball schedule page of Seminoles.com.
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