TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Tossing her third consecutive complete-game shutout and sixth of the season, Meghan King pitched another gem for the Seminoles as No. 3 Florida State (32-3, 5-1 ACC) completed the series sweep of NC State (16-14, 0-6 ACC) with an 8-0 win in six innings on Sunday at JoAnne Graf Field.
King allowed just three hits over 6.0 innings with two walks while recording 12 strikeouts to improve to 16-1 on the season. A first-inning hit by NC State snapped King’s streak of 12.2 innings without allowing a hit, while she extended her current shutout streak to 20.1 innings, dating back to March 15 against Notre Dame.
“Any time you are getting a sweep, you are doing some things right and making good adjustments on day three,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “I liked the fight and how different parts of our game produced today, with Makinzy Herzog hitting a home run to get us going, using our speed to create some other opportunities and Cassidy coming off the bench with a big pinch-hit swing for us. Meghan was consistent again in the circle for us and it was a great weekend overall. Looking forward to the next challenge at Virginia.”
NC State’s Sam Russ started the top of the first with a triple to left field and a one-out walk put Wolfpack runners on the corners with one out. King got out of the inning by retiring the next two hitters on a pop out and a strikeout.
Makinzy Herzog put the Noles on the board with a solo home run in the bottom of the second inning for her first collegiate home run. Florida State now has 11 different players that have hit a home run this season.
The Wolfpack threatened in the top of the fourth inning as Skylar Johnston led off with a single to center, followed by Randi Farricker getting hit by a pitch. The runners moved up to second and third with one out on a sacrifice bunt, but King ended the inning with a pair of strikeouts.
Florida State broke the game open in the fourth inning as Zoe Casas walked, was pinch run for by Deja Bush, Herzog hit a single and Anna Shelnutt drew a walk to load the bases with nobody out. Cassidy Davis entered to pinch hit and lined a bases-clearing triple into the right field corner to make it 4-0 Seminoles. Leslie Farris re-entered at third base for Davis and scored on an RBI single by Gordon.
Elizabeth Mason ended the game in the bottom of the sixth with a two-run home run, scoring Carsyn Gordon who singled earlier in the inning, for the 8-0 final score.
The Seminoles continue ACC play next weekend with a series on the road at Virginia (16-12, 5-3 ACC) on March 29-31. All three games will air on ACC Network Extra and links for the broadcast and live stats will be available on the softball schedule page of Seminoles.com.
Fans can listen to the FSU softball coaching staff, head coach Lonni Alameda and assistant coaches Travis Wilson and Craig Snider, on their weekly podcast: Coaches and Coffee – The FSU Softball Podcast. Each week, the coaches talk about the current state of the Seminole softball team, chat about NCAA softball from around the country, and have a lot of fun along the way. The podcast can be found on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, or directly at our website – fsusoftballpodcast.wordpress.com.
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