Tallahassee - The No. 8/9 Florida State Seminoles (43-6, 20-3 ACC) used great pitching and timely hitting to take both games of the doubleheader against Syracuse (20-21, 10-10 ACC) on April 19 at JoAnne Graf Field. The 20 conference wins sets a new ACC record for conference wins in a season, breaking the 2010 Georgia Tech mark of 19 victories.
“It is always great to play in front of our home fans and also to be able to honor the military like we did tonight,” said head coach Lonni Alameda. “I was really pleased with how we played to tonight top to bottom. Everybody stepped up in big spots and came through for the team. JB and Lacey pitched some amazing games and we will carry this momentum into game three tomorrow.”
Florida State scored first in game one on an RBI single in the second by Briana Hamilton to score Alex Kossoff who reached on an infield single. Hamilton added another run for the Seminoles in the fourth with a solo home run to give the ‘Noles a 2-0 lead. It was her ninth home run of the season and 28th of her career.
Maddie O’Brien extended her streak of reaching base to 13 consecutive plate appearances after game one with one single and three walks with one intentional walk. She came in to score after her leadoff walk in the fifth on a two-run home run to deep center by Kelly Hensley.
FSU plated five runs overall in the fifth inning as Alex Powers hit an RBI single and Hamilton came through with her third and fourth RBIs of the game on a bases loaded single up the middle to extend the FSU lead to 7-0 after five innings.
Lacey Waldrop stymied Syracuse hitters for the entire game. She scattered seven hits over 7.0 innings and kept the Orange off the scoreboard until they were able to push across a run in the seventh inning. She improved to 28-4 without allowing a walk and recorded five strikeouts.
Game two saw the ‘Noles make a lineup change and move O’Brien to the leadoff spot. It helped spark the offense as she drew a walk to start the game and was brought in to score on a double by Hensley that nearly left JoAnne Graf Field but bounced back into play off the top of the right center wall.
Victoria East came to the plate a batter later and drove Hensley in with a RBI single to right. She stole second later in the inning, her sixth of the season after swiping a base in game one earlier in the day. The two runs scored in the first marked the 23rd time that the Seminoles have scored in the first inning.
Burroughs came out firing in the circle for the Seminoles. The finalist for NFCA Freshman of the Year struck out five batters in the first 2.0 innings for the second straight game. She finished with 10 strikeouts in the game to tie a career high and allowed only six hits and two walks in the 7.0-inning complete game shutout. Burroughs improved to 15-1 on the season and lowered her ERA to 2.16.
Florida State closed out the scoring three runs in the fifth inning on a big three-run home run by Courtney Senas to drive in O’Brien and Hamilton, who had both reached via walks, to make it 5-1 Seminoles.
O’Brien finished game two with three walks and extended her streak of reaching base safely to 16 straight plate appearances. She hasn’t been retired over four consecutive games – a doubleheader at Pitt on April 16 and today’s doubleheader against Syracuse.
The series will wrap up on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. The game will air on ESPNU with Adam Amin and Amanda Scarborough on the call. Following the game there will be a home run derby sponsored by Moe’s Southwest Grill.
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