Tallahassee - The No. 8-ranked Florida State softball team (38-4, 15-2) got everything it could handle out of the visiting Maryland (3-27, 2-8 ACC) as the Seminoles hung on for a 7-5 victory to sweep the regular season series with the Terrapins. The win gives FSU 17 straight wins which matches a streak it had from Feb. 7 to March 1 earlier this season.
“It’s nice to be at home in front of your fans,” said head coach Lonni Alameda. “We knew Maryland would come out and swing the bats and be aggressive like they always are and so it was good to get the series sweep. Kelly had a big game and big weekend for us and came through with some timely hits to drive in some runs.”
Maddie O’Brien had another impressive day at the plate as she opened the scoring in the bottom of the first with a solo home run to right center, her 16th of the season. She finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored as she added a double in the third as well as a walk in the fourth.
Florida State brought in two runs in the second as Alex Powers led off the inning with a stand-up double to left center. The redshirt freshman made the first start of her career and ended up 1-for-3 with a walk.
Kelly Hensley came to the plate a batter later and drove in Lauren Harris who pinch ran for Powers. Hensley also added an RBI single in the third and an RBI double in the sixth as the senior finished the Maryland series 6-for-9 with a double, six RBI and three runs scored.
Jessica Burroughs pitched well in the final game of the Maryland series, scattering three hits giving up three runs in the 4.2 inning win to improve to 13-1 on the season. She surrendered a double in the first and a triple in the second but was able to keep the Terrapins off the board in each frame.
Maryland plated three runs in the fifth on only one hit as Burroughs allowed three walks, hit a batter and Macey Cheatham had a passed ball.
Jessica Nori pitched the final out of the fifth and recorded one out in the sixth before handing the ball over to Lacey Waldrop. Nori allowed three hits and a walk as Maryland scored two runs to cut the FSU lead to 6-5.
A single from Stephanie Hartness, a walk from Powers and an RBI double from Hensley would give FSU an insurance run as the Seminoles would hold on for the 7-5 win.
Waldrop pitched the final 1.2 innings without allowing a run, surrendering just one hit and recording two strikeouts to earn her first save of the season and fifth of her career.
The No. 8 Seminoles welcome the No. 6 Florida Gators to Tallahassee on Wed., April 9 at 6:00 p.m. It is the final game of the home-and-home regular season series between the two teams with Florida State winning last week’s game in Gainesville, 3-2 in eight innings. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 with Tom Block and Robin Ahrberg on the call.
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