TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The 19th-ranked and No. 1 seeded Florida State softball team cruised to a 6-0 win on Thursday evening over Boston College in front of 1,113 fans at the ACC quarterfinals held at JoAnne Graf Field.
The Seminoles (40-15) reached the 40-win mark for the 30th time in school history, getting another strong performance from pitchers Lacey Waldrop (21-7) and Monica Perry in the circle to defeat the Eagles (14-38). Waldrop pitched the minimum four innings and scattered four hits while striking out eight. Perry threw the final three frames and notched her second save of the season, striking out five of her 10 batters faced.
The pitching duo combined to hold Boston College to just five hits in 26 at-bats. The Eagles were just 1-for-8 against Florida State with two outs, and batted 2-for-11 with runners on base.
“Our pitching definitely sparked us today,” head coach Lonni Alameda said. “I was happy with Lacey and Monica’s stuff and they worked efficiently all day. We got the hits when we needed them and reaching that 40-win mark is always a goal of ours. Friday we’ve got to bring our ‘A’ game since we face one of our big rivals in North Carolina.”
Freshman Alex Kossoff had a very effective day at the plate, finishing 2-for-3 with an RBI single to spark the Seminole offense. It was the third multiple-hit game of the season for the Redondo Beach, Calif. native, who her raised her batting average to .281 on the year.
Junior Kelly Hensley was one of four Seminoles with one hit, and she added two RBIs and two walks to reach base in three of her four plate appearances. Hensley’s 14th multiple-RBI game of the season ties her with junior Courtney Senas for the most on the team.
Senior Morgan Bullock went 1-for-3 with an RBI for Florida State, extending her hitting streak to 13 games and her reached base streak to 19 games. As a No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament, Florida State improved to 25-7-1 in what was its first appearance as the top seed since 2004.
Florida State recorded three runs off two hits in the bottom of the first to take an immediate 3-0 lead. Maddie O’Brien started the scoring an RBI single up the middle, and an errant fielding play by Boston College’s CJ Chirichigno brought home Courtney Senas to extend the lead to 2-0. Bullock rounded out the scoring frame with an RBI single up the middle to plate O’Brien.
Hensley’s two-run bloop single down the left field line in the second inning added to Florida State’s lead at 5-0. In the bottom of the fifth, Kossoff lined an RBI single to left center to plate Kirstin Austin and add to the Seminole advantage.
Perry closed out the game in the seventh by striking out the side, as she fanned Chelsea Dimon, Nicole Koszowski and Ronnie Mae Ayers to finish the game.
Florida State will face rival North Carolina in the ACC Tournament semifinals on Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. in a matchup that airs on the league’s regional sports networks as well as ESPN3. The first semifinal of the day features sixth-seeded Virginia Tech and No. 2 seed NC State at 1 p.m.
The championship game of the ACC Tournament at JoAnne Graf Field airs on Saturday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.