FT. MYERS, Fla. – With a dominant display in game one and a back and forth battle in game two, the No. 10/11-ranked Florida State softball team (21-4, 3-2 ACC) split their season series with Virginia Tech (11-10, 2-3 ACC) held at the FGCU Softball Complex on March 11.
“It is tough to lose games where we had opportunities to win slip by us,” said head coach Lonni Alameda. “I was excited to see us fight until the very end. No one in this family gave up but continued to scrap and pull for each other. Lacey pitched great in game one and our hitters got the job done as well. We just came up a little short in game two.”
Game one was all Florida State. The Seminoles broke out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning due to a pair of Virginia Tech fielding errors.
The ‘Noles opened up the lead with seven runs in the third. Bailey Schinella started out the inning with a walk which was quickly followed by singles from Victoria East and Stephanie Hartness. A walk to Celeste Gomez and an RBI fielder’s choice by Alex Kossoff made it 5-0 FSU.
Three consecutive singles by Tiffani Brown, Courtney Senas and Maddie O’Brien, along with a sac fly from Schinella rounded out the scoring. O’Brien finished the game 2-for-3 with three RBI which marked the 14th game this season that she has driven in multiple runs in a game.
The ‘Noles added two more in the bottom of the fourth off of a towering home run to left by Briana Hamilton and an RBI double by Victoria Daddis.
Lacey Waldrop improved to 11-2 on the season behind an amazing 4.0 inning performance. She allowed only two hits and two walks and posted 10 strikeouts. It was her fifth appearance of 2014 where she recorded at least 10 strikeouts. Jessica Nori came out to finish the game and pitched the final 1.0 innings for the ‘Noles.
Game two was a back-and-forth battle from both teams. Virginia Tech’s Kylie McGoldrick led off the game with a home run to right off of Seminole starter Jessica Burroughs.
The Seminoles would tie it up in the bottom of the inning after Brown led off with a triple to deep center and Senas singled her home a batter later.
Virginia Tech scored again in the top of the third after a McGoldrick walk and a Laura Gaskill RBI double. FSU would answer in their half of the frame with back-to-back doubles from Senas and O’Brien making the score 2-2 after three innings.
The Hokies opened the fourth after a pair of singles and a walk which ended Burroughs’ day. Nori came in and misplayed a shot back to the circle which allowed the fourth Hokie run of the game to score. Virginia Tech made it 5-2 after six full innings behind two singles and an FSU fielding error.
Florida State would threaten runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth, but were unable to push any runs across. The Seminoles started a rally in the seventh as Kossoff led off the inning with an infield single and Senas smashed a two-run shot high off the scoreboard behind the wall in left field to make it 5-4 FSU with only one out.
O’Brien singled to center to continue the inning and was pinch ran for by Bella D’Errico. Schinella hit a hard fly ball to left field that was caught by Vanessa Gonzalez who then doubled off D’Errico at first to end the game.
The Seminoles wrap up their road trip with a single game at Florida Gulf Coast on Wed., March 12 at 7:00 p.m.
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