TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 3 Florida State softball continued its hot start to the season and improved to 10-0 with a 8-0 victory over Nebraska (0-8) on Sunday afternoon to close out the 2017 ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The winning streak is tied for the fifth-longest to start a season and the most since the 2012 team opened the year with a 16-0 record.
After another one-hitter on Sunday, the Seminole pitching staff lowered its opponent batting average to .147 and its ERA to 0.22 as FSU has only surrendered two earned runs so far this season.
“Sunday’s are always the most mentally, physically and emotionally tough days and I am very proud of everyone for how they contributed today,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “While it may be cliché, we really are seeing everyone take it pitch-by-pitch, whether at the plate, on the field or in the dugout. We worked on a lot of things this week in practice about being a team, being selfless and celebrating the little things and that really showed this weekend.”
As the visitors for Sunday’s game, the Seminoles scored quickly in the top of the first on an RBI double by Alex Powers. Morgan Klaevemann led off the game with a single to center, stole second and came in to score on Powers’ seventh double of the season. It marked the sixth time in 10 games that the Noles have scored in the first inning.
Powers extended the Seminole lead to 3-0 in the top of the third with her second double of the day, bringing in Klaevemann and Ellie Cooper. Klaevemann dropped a bunt single and increased her season stolen base total to seven after swiping second and third, while Cooper put a bunt in front of the plate and took second after the Nebraska catcher just held on to the ball.
FSU’s Jessica Burroughs got out to another great start in the circle for the Noles, retiring the first six batters she faced and posting four strikeouts.
Sydney Broderick led off the FSU fifth inning with a double to left field and moved to third on a groundout by Klaevemann. Cooper drove in her seventh RBI of the season on a fielder’s choice to second base as the throw home by Nebraska was unable to retire Broderick, extending the FSU lead to 4-0.
A walk to Jessica Warren, followed by back-to-back singles from Powers and Dani Morgan drove in another run for a 5-0 FSU lead after five innings.
Burroughs continued to dominate in the circle, allowing just one baserunner through the first 4.2 innings of the game on a leadoff single by Nebraska’s Cassie McClure in the third inning. The Huskers threatened with a pair of runners in the fifth inning after a walk and an FSU throwing error, but Burroughs ended the inning with her eighth strikeout of the game.
Klaevemann was hit by a pitch in the top of the sixth inning and stole second for her fourth stolen base of the game. It marked the first time a Seminole had four stolen bases in a game since Whitney Buckmon against UAB on February 17, 2008.
Burroughs (5-0) was replaced to start the sixth inning and earned the win after tossing 5.0 shutout innings, giving up just one hit, one walk and recording eight strikeouts. Freshman Cassidy Davis closed out the game with 2.0 perfect innings in the circle to secure the victory.
The Noles finished their scoring with a three-run seventh inning after Warren drew a walk and Powers followed with her third double of the game to make it a 6-0 lead for FSU. It was her ninth double of the season and 41st of her career, moving her into a tie for third place in FSU history, trailing only Carly Wynn (45) and Jessica van der Linden (50).
Cali Harrod later brought in Powers, and herself, as she crushed her third home run of the season to left center to give the Noles an 8-0 lead.
Nebraska’s Cassie McClure (0-3) took the loss, giving up eight runs on 12 hits, with three walks and five strikeouts.
Florida State will wrap up its 11-game homestand to open the season on Tuesday, February 21 with a game against South Alabama at 6:00 p.m. It will mark the first game between the Noles and the Jaguars since the 2013 “Miracle In Mobile”, where FSU came back from a five-run deficit in the seventh inning to force extras and win it in the eighth inning to advance to the NCAA Super Regionals.
A livestream of FSU Softball Radio, along with live stats, will be available on Seminoles.com for Tuesday’s game.
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