April 22, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – With senior weekend being the big promotion, it was freshman pitcher Lacey Waldrop who guided the No. 22 Florida State University softball team to two wins on Sunday afternoon as FSU defeated Boston College in game two, 2-0, and won game three, 5-0.
The victories on Sunday against the Eagles (20-22, 2-13) gave FSU a three-game sweep, a fitting end for what could be the final home games played by seniors Shayla Jackson and Mallory Borden. Waldrop, who hails from Chester, Va., continued to pitch in the first game of the day after it was suspended through four innings on Saturday. Altogether, she went 2-0 on Sunday with two complete games, two shutouts, and allowed just six hits in 14 innings pitched. The freshman also struck out 15 and held B.C. to just a .122 batting average in her two games pitched.
Waldrop finishes the week with a 3-0 record in four appearances with a 0.89 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 23.2 innings pitched.
“Today could be the final time Shayla Jackson and Mallory Borden play in front of the home crowd, and we’re thrilled to send them off with two very special wins today,” head coach Lonni Alameda said. “Both players have been such a huge part of our program and have carried themselves the right way in everything they do. We’re hoping to keep our momentum going and have a strong finish so we can create some more special memories for Mal and Shay.”
It wasn’t just FSU’s continued success in the circle that ignited its third ACC sweep of the season. Several Seminoles (42-11, 15-3) stepped up with strong individual performances, including redshirt freshman Maddie O’Brien. The Palm Harbor, Fla., native finished 2-for-4 in the final two games of the series with two home runs, two RBIs and two runs scored.
Briana Hamilton was also a part of FSU’s hitting attack, going 2-for-5 on the day with one home run, one double, two RBIs and two runs scored.
Jackson, who sits in the Top 10 career list in base hits and doubles at FSU, finished 2-for-6 with an RBI. The Pembroke Pines, Fla., native remains above .300 for the fourth consecutive season, batting .305 with five triples and 17 RBIs this season. Known for her consistent contact at the plate, Jackson has only struck out 11 times in 185 plate appearances in her final year.
Heading into the first game of the day at 10 a.m., FSU and B.C. were locked into a scoreless game through 4 ½ innings. Sophomore Celeste Gomez essentially came through with the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the fifth when she laced a two-out single to left field on an 0-1 pitch to drive in Hamilton. O’Brien then delivered a solo home run to right field in the sixth inning to extend FSU’s lead to 2-0.
In the series finale, Hamilton notched her 11th home run of the season in the first inning. The Woodruff, S.C., native belted a two-run blast to right field on a 2-1 pitch to give FSU a quick 2-0 lead. The home run put Hamilton into a tie for third place on the school’s single-season list, matching Veronica Wootson (2007) and Kaleigh Rafter (2009).
In the bottom of the fourth, Jackson fittingly came through with an important run-scoring hit as she hit an RBI single to left field to bring home Tiffani Brown, making it 3-0. Jackson then started a rundown between first and second base that allowed Kirstin Austin to score.
O’Brien put the finishing touches on the second win of the day when she led off the fifth inning with a long home run to right field. O’Brien now has seven home runs and a team-leading 39 RBIs this season despite missing seven games with concussion-like symptoms.
The final victory ended a successful week for the Seminoles that also includes a win over Georgia Tech as well as No. 23 LSU.
FSU softball will now take the week off in preparation for final exams, and returns for a non-conference game at North Florida on Tuesday, May 1, at 5 p.m.