TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Extending its ACC winning streak to eight games, No. 8 Florida State (37-5, 15-1 ACC) took both games of a doubleheader over Virginia Tech (24-26, 10-10 ACC) on Saturday afternoon to secure the regular season series win. The Noles blanked the Hokies, 2-0, in game one as Ellie Cooper tied a career high with three hits. Solo home runs from Cali Harrod and Carsyn Gordon carried the Seminole offense in game two, defeating VT, 3-1.
“We knew these were going to be some hard-fought games and Virginia Tech is a very scrappy team,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “(Virginia Tech’s) Maggie Tyler was everything we thought she would be – she spins the ball well and keeps you off balance. Coming out with two wins is good and scoring some late runs is awesome and helps us in the circle. I thought Jessica Burroughs and Meghan threw really well today and the defense played good behind them. Now it is about adjustments and coming out tomorrow with a good process and game plan and put together a solid seven innings.”
GAME ONE – Florida State 2, Virginia Tech 0
The Noles took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning after a leadoff walk and stolen base by Morgan Klaevemann, along with a bunt single from Cooper put runners on the corners. An RBI groundout to third by Jessica Warren allowed Klaevemann to score and gave the Noles a 1-0 lead.
Virginia Tech’s Maggie Tyler kept the Seminole bats quiet until the sixth inning, when Cooper led off with her third base hit of the game on a single to right. A single from Sydney Broderick and an RBI single from Zoe Casas pushed the FSU lead to 2-0.
Jessica Burroughs earned a complete game win in the circle for Florida State, moving to 21-3 on the season. After allowing walks to the first two batters of the game, Burroughs retired the next 10 batters she faced until the Hokies managed their first hit of the game in the fourth inning.
Virginia Tech loaded the bases with one out in the sixth inning after a walk by Breanna Davenport, a single by Olivia Lattin and an intentional walk to Lauren Duff. Burroughs struck out the next batter she faced and got out of the inning after a pop out to Alex Powers at first base.
Burroughs closed out the game and allowed just two hits over 7.0 shutout innings, giving up four walks and posting nine strikeouts.
Tyler (18-16) took the loss for VT, giving up five hits, two runs and three walks with two strikeouts in 6.0 innings.
GAME TWO – Florida State 3, Virginia Tech 1
Just like game one, the Seminoles took a 1-0 lead after the first inning. Klaevemann drew her 31st walk of the season and was replaced on the base paths by Cooper after a fielder’s choice. Warren followed with a single and Powers drove in her 41st RBI of the year on a single up the middle.
Back-to-back solo home runs by Harrod and Gordon in the bottom of the fourth extended the Seminole lead to 3-0.
The Hokies got their first base hit of the game in the fifth inning on a ball that hit the third base bag on its way down the line. FSU starter Meghan King had retired 14 of the first 16 batters prior to the infield single, with Virginia Tech getting on base via an FSU throwing error in the first and a walk by Duff in the fourth.
A leadoff home run by VT’s Duff in the top of the seventh cut the lead to 3-1, and the Hokies had the tying run at the plate after a single by Kelsey Mericka. A double play by Harrod, Cooper and Powers ended the game and secured the win for the Seminoles.
King (16-2) gave up three hits and one run in the complete-game victory, allowing one walk and recording one strikeout.
The series will wrap up on Sunday with FSU softball’s annual Military Appreciation Day, where the team will wear special uniforms and there will be ceremonies and events throughout the game to celebrate veterans and those currently serving in the military.
Former Seminole softball player and current second lieutenant in the Army Reserves, Kelly Hensley, along with her father Daniel, retired Air Force Master Sergeant, will be on hand to throw out the first pitch.
The game will be broadcast on Seminole Softball Radio, a free live streaming service through Seminoles.com. Robin Ahrberg and Maddie O’Brien will be on the call, while live stats can also be found online at Seminoles.com.
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