TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Seminoles started Senior Weekend on a good note as Jessie Warren moved up the NCAA record book with a two-run home run and Kylee Hanson earned her 22nd win of the season as No. 10 Florida State (37-8, 14-2 ACC) posted a 4-0 shutout over Louisville (28-15, 7-8 ACC) on Saturday afternoon at JoAnne Graf Field. The Noles scored all four runs with two outs in the fifth inning to take game one of the series.
“It is about passing the bat and making adjustments,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “(Louisville’s Megan) Hensley pitched a good game, worked in and out and a had a little offspeed, so we had to be a little smarter as we moved toward the end of the game and get some swings off for the team.”
The Seminoles put a pair of runners on in the first two innings behind walks by Carsyn Gordon and Warren in the first, as well as a single on 12 pitches by Anna Shelnutt and a Louisville error in the second, but all would be left stranded.
Florida State continued to battle at the plate as Gordon tallied an 11-pitch AB, but grounded out, in the third inning and Elizabeth Mason hit a two-out double in the fourth. Zoe Casas nearly broke the scoreless tie in the fourth with a long fly ball to right center, but it got knocked down by the wind that was blowing in at 15-20 mph and was caught at the wall.
The Seminoles finally wore Louisville starter Megan Hensley down in the fifth inning as she entered the frame with 88 total pitches. Gordon sparked the two-out rally for FSU with her second walk of the game. Sydney Sherrill added to her NCAA lead with her 23rd double of the season to put the Noles on the board 1-0.
Warren followed with a two-run home run to left center to extend the Florida State lead to 3-0. It marked her 11th home run of the season and 73rd of her career, moving Warren into a tie for 16th in NCAA history with Washington’s Jamie Clark (2000-03). The pair of RBI increased her career total to 244, which passes Clark for 20th all-time in NCAA history.
Casas capped off the scoring for the Seminoles in the inning with a solo home run of her own, as FSU took a 4-0 lead to the sixth inning.
Hanson had another efficient outing as the Seminole starter, retiring the first 10 batters she faced before Maddy Newman hit a one-out single in the top of the fourth. Louisville managed just one more hit against her on the afternoon, a double by Jenna Jordan in the fifth, but that’s all the Cardinals would manage against the redshirt senior as she finished with her 15th appearance this season of giving up two or fewer hits, and ninth in her last 11 games.
Hanson improved to 22-3 on the season and tossed just 78 pitches over 6.0 scoreless innings, striking out six and allowing one walk.
FSU freshman Savanna Copeland struck out the first two batters she faced in the Louisville seventh as she closed out the game to preserve the shutout.
The Seminoles and Cardinals continue the series on Sunday, April 22 with a game starting at 11:00 a.m. Prior to the game, FSU will celebrate its four senior players – Kylee Hanson, Morgan Klaevmann, Korina Rosario and Jessie Warren – as well as its two senior student managers, Katie Baker and Taylor Zitello.
Admission is free for all home regular season games and Sunday’s game will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra. All broadcast links for TV and FSU Softball Radio, along with live stats, will be available on the softball schedule page of Seminoles.com.
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