Smithfield, RI - With temperatures near freezing at Conaty Park on the campus of Bryant University, the No. 10 Florida State Seminoles (30-4, 9-2 ACC) dominated from the first pitch and needed only five innings to defeat Boston College (14-10, 2-4 ACC) by a score of 8-0 on March 23.
“Great job today of executing despite the elements,” said head coach Lonni Alameda. “We enjoy playing in sunny Florida but I’m proud that this family will fight and play Florida State softball in any conditions. Lacey pitched great and the defense made some plays and the hitters took care of business at the plate. Another great ACC series sweep for this team.”
The Seminoles batted around in the first as they brought in four runs, sparked by a two-RBI single by Bailey Schinella. Victoria East drove in a run when her hit toward the second baseman was mishandled and Celeste Gomez added a sac fly in the inning.
It marked the 18th time the Seminoles have scored in the first inning in 2014 and the ninth time that they have scored at least three runs in its opening time at the plate.
FSU loaded the bases in the third with a walk by Briana Hamilton, a single by Victoria Daddis and a BC fielding error but were unable to push any runs across.
The ‘Noles did break it open in the fourth inning by loading the bases with nobody out behind a single by Maddie O’Brien and walks by Schinella and Hamilton. Kelly Hensley knocked a single through the right side to bring in Corey Hendrickson who pinch ran for O’Brien.
Gomez came to the plate a batter later and crushed a double to the wall in right center, scoring two more runs to make it 7-0 FSU after the fourth inning.
The ‘Noles grabbed their eighth run of the game in the top of the fifth as Courtney Senas led off the inning with a triple to left. Walks by Ellie Cooper and Hamilton loaded the bases for Lauren Harris. BC pitcher Jordan Weed tossed a wild pitch to the backstop on her first pitch to Harris, easily scoring Senas from third and giving FSU the 8-0 lead.
Lacey Waldrop was nearly perfect in the circle for the ‘Noles today. The junior allowed a four-pitch walk to open the first inning, but settled in and retired the next 12 batters in a row. She allowed the first two runners to reach in the Boston College fifth by way of a walk and single, but shut down the next three Eagles to finish the game, including two strikeouts.
Waldrop finished with 5.0 innings, one hit, two walks and recorded seven strikeouts while facing only 18 batters. She improved to 18-2 on the season and has a 0.57 ERA in 2014.
The Seminoles come back to Tallahassee for one game against Florida A&M on March 26 at 6:00 p.m. The game will be held on JoAnne Graf Field at the Seminole Softball Complex. The game is part of Faculty/Staff Appreciation night as we celebrate FSU employees who have helped teach our student-athletes off the field.
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