March 26, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Another spectacular outing by Lacey Waldrop in the circle carried No. 9/11 Florida State (31-4) to an 8-0 mercy-rule victory over Florida A&M (10-18) on March 26. The Seminoles have now won 16 straight against Florida A&M dating back to 2006.
“A great night all-around for this team,” said head coach Lonni Alameda. “Lacey pitched great and Maddie hit another home run, but half of our runs were driven in by players off the bench. This entire family prepares and competes together and knows that it takes a complete team effort for us to reach our goals. Everyone is ready and able to step up when their name is called and I was glad to see our younger hitters have some success tonight. Now we look toward a tough ACC series with North Carolina.”
Waldrop (19-2) was nearly perfect on the night after allowing a walk to the first batter of the game. The junior from Chester, Va., stayed focused and retired the next 13 batters in a row including the first seven by way of a strikeout.
She tied a season high with 14 strikeouts in her 6.0 innings without allowing a hit to record her third no-hitter of the season and fifth of her career. Waldrop lowered her ERA to 0.55 and opposing hitters are hitting only .156 against her this season.
FSU scored five runs in the third as Courtney Senas led off the inning with a double to right center. Walks to Maddie O’Brien and Bailey Schinella loaded the bases for Victoria East who drove in the first run via a sacrifice fly to center.
An RBI single by Briana Hamilton and an RBI groundout by Celeste Gomez two batters later made it 3-0 FSU. Redshirt freshman Alex Powers would pinch hit and drive a two-RBI single to left center to round out the scoring in the bottom of the third with the Seminoles leading 5-0. Powers would finish 2-for-2 with two RBI for the first multi-hit and multi-RBI game of her career.
O’Brien added another run for Florida State in the fourth with her 13th home run of the season and 31st of her career to build on her FSU all-time record.
Florida State would close out the game in the sixth with two more runs as O’Brien led off the inning with a walk and was pinch run for by freshman Bella D’Errico. An error on a fielder’s choice by Lauren Harris put two on with nobody out for Ellie Cooper, who replaced East at first in the fifth inning.
The first pitch to Cooper was a wild pitch to the backstop, which allowed both runners to move into scoring position. The freshman utility player then took a 2-1 pitch right back up the middle for a single, easily scoring D’Errico and Harris to give Florida State the 8-0 mercy rule victory.
The Seminoles will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., this weekend as they take on North Carolina in a three-game series on March 30-31 that will be shown on the ESPN family of networks. Both games of Sunday’s doubleheader on March 30 (1:00 and 3:00 p.m.) will air on ESPN3 while the final game on Mon., March 31 will air on ESPNU at 6:00 p.m. Adam Amin and Amanda Scarborough will be on the call.
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