Unconquered Invitational Central
PDF Box Scores – Game 1: FSU d. Elon 15-1 | Game 2: FSU d. Lipscomb 13-0
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Scoring a combined nine runs in the first inning on Friday, No. 1 Florida State (14-0) earned a sweep on day one of the 2019 Unconquered Invitational with a 15-1 win over Elon (6-4) and a 13-0 victory against Lipscomb (7-5) on Friday at JoAnne Graf Field.
The Seminoles have now scored in 10 of their 14 first innings so far this season and 34 of their 114 runs have come during FSU’s first time at the plate.
Overall on Friday, the Noles batted a combined .510 at the plate with a .980 slugging percentage on six doubles, six home runs and 10 walks. Fourteen different players scored a run, 13 different Seminoles had a base hit and 11 separate players drove in an RBI.
“I think what we are most impressed with is the Team Run mentality,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “We are having good situational hitting, players are getting swings off in counts that we need them to, and they are able to do some damage. They are playing smart by coming to the plate with a plan and sticking to it. It is great to see that we are playing team softball right now.
“The thing that is nice is that we are getting a lot of our kids off the bench opportunities and some at bats that are going to be big for us down the line. So it was a good, full team effort with team at bats and a team mindset.”
Game One: No. 1 Florida State 15, Elon 1
Florida State jumped out to an early lead against Elon with a five-run first inning, highlighted by a two-run home run by Carsyn Gordon. Walks to Sydney Sherrill to Elizabeth Mason turned into another run as Zoe Casas singled up the middle. Cassidy Davis brought in another RBI with a groundout and a Dani Morgan sacrifice fly made it 5-0 after the first inning.
The Seminoles brought 11 batters to the plate in the second inning to take a 12-0 lead. Hits by Cali Harrod and Gordon, along with a walk by Sherrill loaded the bases and Harrod scored on a wild pitch. Casas reached on an RBI fielder’s choice and another run scored on an Elon error with two outs off the bat of Makinzy Herzog. Morgan Noah hit a bases-loaded RBI single, and Harrod emptied them with a three-run double to center to close out the inning.
Kara Bilodeau started in the circle for the Noles and scattered a run on two hits with a walk and five strikeouts over the first 2.2 innings, before being replaced in the circle by Kathryn Sandercock. Sandercock (6-0) retired seven of the eight batters she faced, allowing just one hit over 2.1 innings with three strikeouts to get the win in relief.
Deja Bush started the FSU fourth inning with an infield single and Savannah Parker recorded her first collegiate hit, a home run to left to extend the lead to 14-1. She is the first Seminole to hit a home run for her first hit since Sydney Sherrill in 2018. Leslie Farris added a solo home run in the inning as well.
Game Two: No. 1 Florida State 13, Lipscomb 0
Lipscomb threatened in the first inning as after Meghan King struck out the first two batters she faced, a single and a double put a pair of runners in scoring position, but a groundout to shortstop ended the inning.
The first five Seminole batters of the game all reached base in a four-run first inning, including a two-RBI single by Mason, an RBI base hit by Anna Shelnutt and a RBI on a fielder’s choice by Davis.
Florida State added six runs on five hits, including two home runs and two doubles, to make it a 10-0 game after the second inning. Harrod led off with a home run to left, followed by a two-run HR by Sherrill, her fifth of the season. A pair of Lipscomb errors allowed Davis two bring in two more runs on a double to right center, and after a double by Morgan, Noah added the final run of the inning on a groundout RBI.
A three-run fourth inning began with a solo home run by Shelnutt, and RBIs by Noah and Parker closed out the scoring as Herzog and Morgan also had doubles during the inning.
Meghan King (7-0) won her 19th consecutive decision in the circle allowing just two hits and a walk with five strikeouts over 3.2 innings. Davis tossed the final 1.1 IP with one hit, one walk and two strikeouts.
The Seminoles continue the Unconquered Invitational on Saturday with a pair of games against Samford (12:30p) and Lipscomb (3p). Links for live stats and tickets are available on the softball schedule page of Seminoles.com. There will not be any video or audio streams of any games during the Unconquered Invitational.
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