TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Knocking 13 hits, including five for extra bases, No. 9 Florida State (29-4, 8-1 ACC) opened up the three-game series with NC State (17-22, 3-7 ACC) with a 10-2 win in six innings on Friday night at JoAnne Graf Field. It is the 10th consecutive win at home against an ACC opponent, and the Noles have won 15 of their last 16 conference games overall.
“Something that has been great with Coach Wilson and Coach Snider is they have been working hard with the girls on the process of their at bat,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “Each at bat is meaningful to the entire team and everyone comes to the plate with a plan for themselves and what their strengths are. And starting to see that put in to play and believing in it, and the smiles that come along with it, is pretty neat.”
The Noles scored in five of their six trips to the plate on Friday night and jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning after Alex Powers lined a two-out single, stole second and came into score on an RBI single by Jessica Warren.
FSU added an unearned run in the second when Carsyn Gordon led off with a double and eventually came in to score on a NCSU fielding error off the bat of Cali Harrod.
NC State tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the third, scoring two unearned runs after recording singles by Alyssa Compton, Molly Hutchison and Meredith Burroughs, along with a pair of Seminole errors.
The Seminoles immediately retook the lead in the bottom of the third, scoring two runs, all with two outs. Warren got things started with a single and came into score on a RBI double by Sydney Broderick. An RBI single from Gordon plated Broderick and gave the Noles a 4-2 lead.
A four-run fourth for Florida State broke the game open, highlighted by a three-run home run by Warren, her ninth of the season. Ellie Cooper added an RBI single in the inning, scoring Harrod after she lined a double to right center.
FSU closed out the game in the sixth as Morgan Klaevemann reached base to start the inning when the NC State first baseman dropped the throw from shortstop. Cooper added a single up the middle and Powers ended the game with a two-run double to centerfield for a 10-2 victory in six innings.
Meghan King was steady in the circle, bending but not breaking in the complete-game victory. At least one Wolfpack hitter reached base in five of the six innings, but only twice did a runner reach third base. King gave up eight hits, two unearned runs with zero walks and two strikeouts as she improved to 12-2 on the season.
“It comes back to maturity,” added Alameda. “Meghan did a good job, was giving up some singles as they found the holes here and there. But she was not freaking out, kept pitching her game and kept her composure in the circle for us. To start the series with a win is huge and a goal of ours is always to win the series, so we’ll have an opportunity to do that tomorrow.”
The series against the Wolfpack continues on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU with Melissa Lee and Cheri Kempf on the call. Live stats will be available on Seminoles.com.
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