Tallahassee - The No. 12 Florida State softball team defended their home turf on JoAnne Graf Field on the final day of the Renegade Classic with two shutout victories over Southern Miss, 12-0 (5), and North Dakota State, 5-0. The Seminoles have recorded four straight shutouts and extended their scoreless streak to 26.2 innings.
“Bailey and Nori, Lacey and Burroughs – we have a great time in the pen working together,” said head coach Lonni Alameda. “We are talking game stuff all the time. They are always working to get better by watching video in the morning and do a great job of getting prepared.
“In all honesty it was awesome to be in a challenging situation in the fourth and fifth inning (against NDSU) and raise the bar energy-wise. It was a big challenge and great to see our team get after it and get that win.”
The game against Southern Miss was nearly perfect for the ‘Noles as they scored multiple runs in each inning on their way to a mercy-rule 12-0 win in five innings. FSU plated four runs in the first, led by a Courtney Senas RBI triple and Stephanie Hartness’ two-RBI single to left. The Seminoles brought 10 batters to the plate in the opening frame.
The second inning saw FSU score four more runs behind a three-run home run by Briana Hamilton and Bailey Schinella’s RBI double. On the season, Schinella has four hits and all have been doubles. She has been just as productive on the mound, only allowing two hits in 4.1 innings with a 0.00 ERA.
The Seminoles made it 12-0 with a pair of two-run innings in the third and fourth. Four FSU players finished with multiple hits, including Hamilton (2-for-2) and Hartness (3-for-3) going perfect from the plate.
Seminole starter Jessica Burroughs was phenomenal again in the circle, throwing 3.0 perfect innings to retire all nine batters she faced while striking out three. She improved to 5-0 on the season with a 0.98 ERA and 24 strikeouts. Redshirt senior Jessica Nori would pitch the final two innings and only allowed one base runner on a single in the top of the fifth.
In the final game of the Classic, it was another pitcher’s duel between Lacey Waldrop and NDSU’s Tabby Bayers. FSU has been held without a run in the first inning only three times this year, and Bayers has accomplished the feat twice. She stymied the Florida State hitters and kept the ‘Noles off the board until the fifth inning. Much like the first game against the Bison, one big inning is all the Seminoles needed.
Schinella’s double got the offense going for FSU in the fifth and was followed by singles from Celeste Gomez and Hartness, as well as a double by Tiffani Brown to make it 2-0 Seminoles. A Senas sac-fly and a Victoria East RBI single made it 4-0 before Maddie O’Brien scored on a throwing error by the catcher which resulted in the 5-0 final score.
Waldrop dominated yet again as she finished with a season-high 10 strikeouts in the complete game victory over NDSU. The native of Chester, Va., had a stretch from the second to the fourth inning where she struck out six batters in a row. The Bison batters were not able to get a good read on Waldrop as they scattered only six hits on the afternoon.
NDSU would threaten in the top of the sixth inning leading off with a pair of singles. The FSU defense proved reliable as three infield groundouts ended the threat. The Bison would add another hit in the seventh, but a strikeout and a pop out to short ended the game and gave Florida State the 5-0 victory.
It marks the first time FSU has held four straight opponents scoreless since a five game stretch from March 10-17, 2013 against NC State (twice), UT Chattanooga, Northwestern and Fairfield. The Seminoles have not given up a run in 26.2 innings of play over five games, last allowing a run in the third inning on February 14 to North Dakota State.
The No. 12 Seminoles finished the Renegade Classic with a perfect 6-0 record and are now 10-1 on the season. Next up for FSU is a home game against UCF at 6:00 p.m. on February 19. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3.
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