Smithfield, RI - On a blustery and occasionally rainy afternoon in Smithfield, R.I., the No. 10 Florida State Seminoles (29-4, 8-2 ACC) defeated Boston College (14-9, 2-3 ACC) in both games of a doubleheader by identical 5-1 scores. Both games were held at Conaty Park on the campus of Bryant University.
“Playing in games like this teaches us how to play through adversity. We are on the road, it was cold, rainy and very windy and we were able to fight through it and play for each other to go out and get some big ACC wins. We made some great defensive plays and did a great job of taking advantage of our opportunities at the plate. I am proud of the way they played like a family today.”
FSU got on the board with some quality two-out at bats in the third inning from the middle of the order. Maddie O’Brien drew a four-pitch walk and Bailey Schinella followed with a single up the middle.
Victoria East came to the plate and smashed the first pitch she saw over the left centerfield wall for a home run to give FSU a 3-0 lead. East ended up three RBI in the game which tied a career high she last set against Boston College on April 6, 2013.
Boston College threatened in the bottom of the frame with an infield single, hit-by-pitch and walk to load the bases with two away. Lacey Waldrop ended the inning with a strikeout by freezing Tory Speer with a nice pitch on the outside corner.
Waldrop improved to 17-2 with the complete game win, allowing only one run on five hits with six strikeouts over 7.0 innings of work. She has won seven straight decisions and now has a 0.60 ERA on the season.
FSU pushed across another run in the fourth as Kelly Hensley led off the inning with a single to left and was pinch run for by Bella D’Errico. A single through the right side moved D’Errico to third. She was brought in to score a batter later as Tiffani Brown would hit into a fielder’s choice to the second baseman.
Two defensive miscues by the Eagles allowed Florida State to extend its lead to 5-0 in the sixth as Hensley would reach due to a fielding error and would score three batters later as the BC shortstop was unable to catch Brown’s liner.
The Eagles would score one run in the seventh behind a walk to Jordan Weed and a pair of singles by Megan Cooley and Jessie Daulton. O’Brien ended the game with an amazing defensive play on a ball up the middle, scooping the ball and flipping it with her glove to Brown at second who caught it barehanded to end the inning.
The second game of the doubleheader was a home run derby that was dominated by Florida State. The Seminoles got on the board in the second inning as Schinella took a solo shot over the wall in right.
Boston College tied it up in the bottom of the frame with a solo home run by third baseman Tatiana Cortez.
FSU made it 3-1 in the fourth with a two-run home run to center by O’Brien. The home run was the 30th of her career and the two RBI gave her 57 so far in 2014. The junior shortstop broke the career home run mark of 29 that was set by Veronica Wootson from 2004-07. Even though we are only halfway through the 2014 season, O’Brien now has 57 RBI which surpassed the single-season mark of 56 set by Yuruby Alicart in 2007.
“Maddie O’Brien is a special player and works so hard every day. While she is having an amazing season at the plate, she also is our leader on defense and has been making great plays for us all year. She is a family-first player and I am proud to be able to coach her.”
Courtney Senas added a two-run home run of her own in the fifth inning to round out the scoring for Florida State.
Jessica Burroughs improved to 12-1 on the season with a great complete game victory in game two. She scattered six hits over 7.0 innings, allowing one run, two walks and posting 10 strikeouts to get the win. Her 10 punch outs matched a career high she set on March 16 against NC State.
The series will wrap up on March 23 with a single game played at Conaty Park on the campus of Bryant University. The Seminoles will look to sweep the regular season series with Boston College for the eighth time in program history.
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