MOBILE, Ala. — Florida State senior Jessie Warren continued to collect school and conference records on Wednesday night as the third baseman set the FSU career RBI record, as well as the ACC career home run record as the No. 9 Seminoles (9-3) split the doubleheader with South Alabama (6-5) at Jaguar Field.
Warren drove in the only run in FSU’s 3-1 defeat in game one to set the school RBI record and her first-inning home run in game two’s 14-1 victory tied UNC’s Kristen Brown for the ACC career home run mark with 66. Warren added a grand slam in the second inning to take sole possession of the ACC record. She finished the doubleheader with 67 career home runs and 222 career RBI.
“Tough way to get a split, but tip your hat to Devin Brown, she kept our hitters off balance all game in the first one,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “Also, what a special night for Jessie. She is so fun to watch and puts in a lot of work and truly loves and understands the game. She continues to get smarter with how teams are pitching her and how she wants to attack different situations. I doubt she even knew she was approaching these records.”
Game 1: South Alabama 3, No. 9 Florida State 1
The first hit of the game from either team came in the bottom of the third on a leadoff single by Lyric Cabral. The inning continued with a walk and the Jaguars loaded the bases after an FSU fielding error. Kaleigh Todd gave South Alabama a 2-0 lead with a single to center.
The runs snapped streaks of FSU starting pitcher Kylee Hanson of 24.0 innings without giving up an earned run and 11.0 consecutive scoreless innings.
South Alabama added another run in the fourth inning with a solo home run by Abby Krzywiecki for a 3-0 lead.
Hanson (5-1) was replaced entering the sixth inning, ending her start with 5.0 innings pitched and allowing three runs on five hits with one walk and six strikeouts. Cassidy Davis pitched the final inning, struck out the first batter she faced and retired the next two on a fly out and ground out.
The Seminoles threatened in the seventh, bringing the go-ahead run to the plate, but could not get the key hit to bring them all in to extend the game. Davis led off the inning, reached on a Jaguar throwing error and was pinch-run for at first base by Deja Bush. Morgan Klaevemann put down a bunt single and Cali Harrod followed with a walk to load the bases with one out.
Warren hit a high chopper over the third baseman to score Bush and the ball got away from the South Alabama left fielder. Klaevemann saw an opportunity to score, but got in a run down between third and home for out number two, and a strikeout ended the game.
Game 2: No. 9 Florida State 14, South Alabama 1 (5 inn)
The Seminole offense came out early in game two as Warren hit a solo home run in the first inning for a 1-0 lead. Florida State put up seven in the second inning behind a bases-loaded walk by Klaevemann, a two-run home run by Carsyn Gordon and a grand slam by Warren. Sydney Sherrill added a double and Davis singled in the inning.
Florida State batted around again in the third inning, plating four runs on a pair of two-RBI base hits, a double by Harrod and a single by Gordon. Davis led off the inning with a double and Dani Morgan and Sabrina Stutsman followed with singles of their own.
Meghan King (4-2) had a nearly perfect outing in the circle, retiring nine of the 10 batters she faced, and allowing just one hit on an infield single to leadoff the first inning. She finished with six strikeouts, including striking out the side in the third inning.
Savanna Copeland pitched the fourth inning for Florida State, giving up an unearned run and two walks with a strikeout, without giving up a hit
The Seminoles added two more in the top of the fifth on a two-RBI single by Morgan for the 14-1 final score. Davis recorded her third base hit in the inning to set a career high and freshman Mackenzie Puckett made her first career plate appearance, drawing a walk.
Tessa Daniels closed out the game in the circle for the Noles, setting a career high with three strikeouts after issuing a leadoff walk.
The Seminoles will continue their road trip this weekend and head up to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for the Easton Bama Bash on February 23-25. No. 9 Florida State will play a total of five games, two each against host school No. 10 Alabama and Northern Iowa, as well as a single game versus Georgia State. Live stats for all games will be available on Seminoles.com, and both games against the Crimson Tide will be broadcast on SEC Network+.
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