TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – For the sixth time in a row, No. 13 Florida State (13-3) needed only five innings to dispatch its opponent, taking down UAB (5-11) by a score of 10-0 to win the 2016 Unconquered Invitational. Carsyn Gordon led the Seminole offense, batting 2-for-2 with a grand slam and six RBI, while Jessica Burroughs, Meghan King and Tessa Daniels combined to toss a one-hitter versus the Blazers.
“Completely excited about the shutouts and the way we are swinging the bats,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “This team is starting to figure itself out and the chemistry that is going on in the dugout and on the field is great to see. The returners know what they are capable of and are doing a great job of bringing the younger ones through the process. It is an exciting and unifying feeling within the team right now.”
Morgan Klaevemann got the game started with a perfect bunt single to lead off the first. It is the 13th time in the 16 FSU games played this season that Klaevemann has safely reached base as the leadoff hitter in the first inning. The sophomore outfielder promptly stole second base and moved up to third as the UAB throw was wide of the bag.
Alex Powers continued her sensational week at the plate as, after a Zoe Casas walk, the redshirt junior first baseman lined an RBI single to center to give the Noles a 1-0 lead. It marked the 11th RBI of the week for Powers as she finished the six-game stretch batting .647 (11-for-17) with three doubles, three home runs, seven runs scored and a slugging percentage of 1.353.
The Noles continued to score in the opening frame as walks to Ellie Cooper and Victoria East pushed the score to 2-0, bringing up Carsyn Gordon with the bases loaded. For the second time this week, the freshman from Palmetto Bay, Fla., launched a grand slam over the wall in left field, extending FSU’s lead to 6-0 after the first inning. Gordon had hit a grand slam against Florida A&M on February 24 for the first collegiate hit of her career.
The Seminoles scored in the first inning for the sixth consecutive game and in three of those games the Noles plated at least six runs in their opening trip to the plate.
A four-run third put the game out of reach for UAB as Sydney Broderick opened the inning with a double, followed by walks to Cooper and East to load the bases again for Gordon. While it didn’t leave the stadium, Gordon ripped a two-RBI single to left and advanced all the way to third as the throw from UAB left fielder JoJo Fallen got away from the catcher at home plate. Gordon came in to score on an illegal pitch from UAB pitcher Tori Perkins for the final score of 10-0.
Jessica Burroughs had another outstanding start in the circle for Florida State, earning the win to move to 8-2 on the season with 3.0 shutout innings, allowing one hit, one walk and recording five strikeouts. The base hit allowed by Burroughs in the top of the third snapped a streak of 12.0 consecutive innings without a base hit for the redshirt junior pitcher.
Meghan King pitched 1.1 innings of nearly perfect softball, retiring four of the five batters she faced without allowing a walk or a base hit. Tessa Daniels made the fifth appearance of her career and tossed three total pitches to the final two batters of the game to secure the 10-0 victory in five innings.
The Seminoles have not given up a run in their last 26.1 innings of competition and have surrendered just one total run in the last 37.2 innings, dating back to the seventh inning against No. 20 Minnesota on February 20.
Florida State will head to the West Coast for a 10-game road trip in California from March 5-13. The Noles will start in southern California at the Stacy Winsberg Tournament on March 5-6, hosted by Cal State Northridge and UCLA, along with a game against UC Davis.
FSU will play Cal State Fullerton on March 8 before heading north to the Louisville Slugger Classic on the campus of Stanford on March 11-13. FSU will also face Tulsa and Cal Poly in the three-day tournament. Free live radio broadcasts for all games, as well as live stats, will be available on Seminoles.com.
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