Tallahassee, FL -- An impressive pitching performance by South Alabama’s Hannah Campbell on Thursday evening stymied the No. 21 Florida State University softball team as it fell to the Jaguars, 3-1, in a mid-week matchup at JoAnne Graf Field.
USA’s Campbell (15-8) was a tough matchup for the Seminoles (36-9), pounding away at the strike zone and repeatedly hitting her spots. The southpaw hurler struck out 11 and allowed just one run on four hits in a complete-game effort. Campbell’s 11 K’s tied a season high by an FSU opponent this season, with the Seminoles fanning 11 times in three other games.
“I knew Hannah was going to pitch the ball well. She had been pitching well,” head coach Lonni Alameda said. “Being out of position and losing Maddie (O’Brien) means that we have to really figure ourselves out right now. This is a good opportunity to do that with a good team like Georgia Tech coming in here this weekend. Sometimes these are the wakeup calls you need.”
FSU, which was forced to play with another makeshift lineup with shortstop Maddie O’Brien out with an injury, had its chances to get back in the contest. The Seminoles stranded seven base runners and finished 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. Their first opportunity came in the third inning with Kelly Hensley on second base and two outs, but a groundout ended the first scoring chance.
Shayla Jackson ignited FSU by going 2-for-4 with a triple, the 14th three-bagger of her career. Jackson’s triple down the left field line to lead off the fourth inning was one of the highlights of the night, as she ended up scoring on a fielder’s choice sacrifice bunt from Evelyn Morgado to make it 3-1. FSU had its chance to make the inning even bigger with runners on second and third base and just one out, but a strikeout then a groundout with the bases loaded kept USA ahead.
All of South Alabama’s runs came against pitcher Monica Perry (16-5), who allowed three runs in 2.2 innings pitched. Britany Campbell started the scoring with a second-inning sacrifice fly to centerfield, and a couple two-out RBI singles in the third frame by Christin Crocker and Meghan Collins added to the Jaguar lead.
Freshman pitcher Lacey Waldrop entered the game in relief in the third inning and was efficient, allowing no runs on just two hits in 4.1 innings pitched.
FSU is now 3-1 all-time versus South Alabama, and falls to 21-3 this season at home.
The Seminoles will try to get back on track in conference play this weekend as they host second-place Georgia Tech on Sunday in a noon doubleheader streamed on ESPN3.com. The series finale occurs on Monday at 7 p.m. on ESPNU. Sunday is “Paint it Pink” day as the FSU softball program will look to promote breast cancer awareness.