CLEARWATER, Fla. — Scoring fast and playing quality defense carried No. 15 Florida State (16-6) to a 12-0 in five innings over Penn (1-10) on Thursday afternoon at Eddie C. Moore Field.
The game was also a meeting between two Hall of Famers as Penn head coach Leslie King and FSU assistant coach Travis Wilson were both inducted into the Softball New Zealand Hall of Fame in 2017.
The Seminoles got on the board quickly as the first six batters all reached base before recording an out in the top of the first inning. Cali Harrod opened the game with a walk and Jessie Warren was hit by a pitch. Sydney Sherrill lined a RBI single to right center and Carsyn Gordon hit an RBI single up the middle for a 2-0 lead.
Cassidy Davis reached on a Penn throwing error and Elizabeth Mason followed with a walk. Sabrina Stutsman was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Harrod’s second walk of the inning made it a 5-0 game. Warren closed out the scoring in the inning with a three-run triple to right field.
Davis hit a solo home run in the FSU second inning and the Noles added three more runs in the third. Zoe Casas led off with a walk and Warren followed with an infield single. Gordon had her second RBI single of the game, and Davis made it 12-0 Seminoles with a two-out double to left center.
FSU’s Savanna Copeland (1-0) made her first career start, giving up just two hits and a walk over 4.0 innings with three strikeouts. Davis closed out the game with a scoreless inning, allowing one walk.
The Seminoles continue their road trip at North Florida on Saturday, March 10. FSU and UNF will play a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the UNF Softball Complex. Admission is free and links for live stats and FSU Softball Radio will be available on Seminoles.com.
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