SAN MARCOS, Texas — The 2018 season started with a bang for Florida State, as the No. 9 Seminoles (2-0) earned a pair of wins behind an explosive offense that recorded 15 extra-base hits, 22 total hits and 22 runs in wins over Portland State (1-1) and RV Texas State (1-1) on Friday in the Bobcat Classic in San Marcos, Texas.
FSU earned an 18-1 win over Portland State in the season opener and closed out the day with a 4-2 win over Texas State, which received votes in the preseasons polls by the NFCA and USA Softball.
The 18 runs against Portland State set a school record in runs scored in a season opener, surpassing the total of 13 runs in opening-day wins against Lipscomb in 2017 and Samford in 2007. It is also the second-most runs scored in any FSU game, trailing only the 20 runs scored against Bethune-Cookman on February 10, 2013.
Eight different players hit at least one extra-base hit on the day, led by junior Carsyn Gordon who had two doubles, a triple and a home run. Overall, the Seminoles tallied seven doubles, four triples and four home runs over both games on Friday.
“Great way to start the season,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “We were able to stay focused and execute in a bunch of different situations and we’ll be able to learn and grow from them. Excited about the fight we had against Texas State to stay in it and come back against a quality team and a quality pitcher. A great first day of hopefully a long softball season.”
Game 1: No. 9 Florida State 18, Portland State 1
The Seminoles jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning against the Vikings. A one-out walk by Jessie Warren, followed by a double to right center by Gordon set the stage for Cali Harrod to drive in the game’s first run on an RBI groundout to short. A walk to Dani Morgan put runners on the corners, and a stolen base by Morgan and a Portland State error allowed Gordon to score from third and make it 2-0 Noles. A wild pitch on a walk to Anna Shelnutt by PSU’s Serafine Parrish allowed Morgan to come home for a 3-0 Seminole lead after the first inning.
Florida State put up three more runs in the second inning, highlighted by Warren’s first home run of the season, a towering shot to left field to score Korina Rosario who reached on an infield single. Gordon added a two-out walk and came into score on an RBI double by Harrod into the gap in left center.
Sydney Sherrill wasted little time to impact the college game, as the freshman sent the first pitch of her at-bat in the third inning over the wall in right to extend the FSU lead to 8-0, scoring Shelnutt, who led off the inning with a walk. Rosario followed with ground-rule double into the corner in left field and Warren singled up the middle to make it a 9-0 game with her third RBI of the game, moving into third place in ACC history with her 206th career RBI.
The inning continued with an RBI double by Gordon and a two-run home run by Harrod to push the FSU lead to 12-0.
Florida State starting pitcher Meghan King (1-0) was efficient in the circle for the Noles tossing just 21 pitches in the first three innings. She pitched 3.2 perfect innings before allowing a two-out double in the top of the fourth to Darian Lindsey. Portland State continued the rally with a pair of singles to plate its only run of the game.
The Noles added six more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, sparked by a leadoff double by Shelnutt. RBI singles by Zoe Casas and Elizabeth Mason, along with an RBI double by Sherrill were all capped off by a three-run home run by Gordon to left field for the 18-1 final score.
Cassidy Davis closed out the game in the circle for the Noles, tossing a scoreless fifth inning without allowing a hit.
Game 2: No. 9 Florida State 4, RV Texas State 2
The second game of the day began as a duel between two of the top pitchers in the country – FSU’s Kylee Hanson and Texas State’s Randi Rupp. Hanson was an NFCA Second Team All-American at FAU in 2016, missed nearly all of 2017 due to injury and came in at No. 20 in the 2018 ESPN preseason players to watch list. Rupp was an NFCA Second Team All-American in 2017, selected to the 2018 Top 50 Watch List for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year and ranked No. 25 in the preseason by ESPN.
FSU opened the scoring in the second inning, as Morgan led off with a triple to right center and scored on a sacrifice fly by Shelnutt to make it 1-0.
The Bobcats tied it up in the bottom of the second on a one-out solo home run by Hailey MacKay.
The Seminoles threatened in the top of the third inning, loading the bases on an infield single by Klaevemann and walks to Warren and Harrod, but were unable to drive them in.
MacKay connected on another Hanson pitch for her second home run of the game in the bottom of the fourth to put Texas State in front 2-1.
The Noles broke out for three runs in the top of the fifth, led off by a single by Rosario. Klaevemann tied the game with an RBI triple into the gap in right center, and quickly came into score on a sacrifice fly by Warren to give Florida State a 3-2 lead. A triple by Gordon allowed Harrod to make it 4-2 Seminoles with a sacrifice bunt to third.
Hanson (1-0) closed out the game, retiring nine of the last 11 batters of the game, finishing with the complete-game victory and eight strikeouts, with one walk and four hits in her first game in the Garnet and Gold.
The Seminoles continue with the Bobcat Classic on Saturday, February 10, with a pair of games against Texas State (1:30 p.m. ET) and Portland State (6:30 p.m. ET). The games will be broadcast on Texas State’s website through its All-Access subscription service and tickets are also available online at www.txstatebobcats.com. Live stats will be provided through Statbroadcast for each game and all related links are available on the softball schedule page of Seminoles.com.
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