Burroughs’ One-Hitter Carries Noles Over Georgia Tech
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Posting a shutout for the eighth time this season, No. 1 Florida State (15-1-1, 1-0 ACC) opened conference play with a 4-0 win over Georgia Tech (6-11, 0-1 ACC) on Friday night at JoAnne Graf Field behind an outstanding pitching performance from Jessica Burroughs.
The redshirt senior improved to 8-1 on the season, allowing just three base runners on one hit and two walks as no Jacket runner reached third base on the night. Burroughs tied a career high with 14 strikeouts in the complete game win, posting a streak of five strikeouts in a row from the fourth to the sixth inning.
It marked the fourth time in her career that Burroughs had recorded 14 strikeouts in a game, matching her performances against Florida A&M on May 20, 2016 and April 1, 2015, as well as against No. 6 Kentucky on February 8, 2015.
“I think our defense and pitching did a great job tonight,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “Jessica’s worked really hard and tonight she had it moving a lot of different directions. She did a good job with that and kept her composure and the defense played great behind her. Getting the ‘W’ was awesome and now that we know more of what Georgia Tech is about, we have two days to make some adjustments and go from there.”
FSU had multiple runners in both the first and second innings, but were unable to get on the scoreboard until the third inning. In the FSU first, Morgan Klaevemann led off with a bunt single and stole second, while Jessica Warren got on with a walk. In the second, the Noles loaded the bases on singles by Cali Harrod and Sydney Broderick, as well as a walk to Cassidy Davis, but all five would be left on base to open the game.
The Noles broke through in the third inning, bringing in four runs on three hits to take a 4-0 lead. Alex Powers and Warren led off with a pair of walks and Dani Morgan started the scoring with an RBI single up the middle. A single by Harrod loaded the bases and a two-RBI single by Broderick made it a 3-0 game. Davis extended the lead to 4-0 as the freshman grounded out to third to score Harrod.
It is the 20th time that FSU has scored multiple runs in an inning this season, and the eighth time the Noles have brought in four or more.
The Noles led off the fourth and sixth innings with base hits on singles from Ellie Cooper and Klaevemann, but were unable to string the offense together to bring in any additional runs for the remainder of the game.
Emily Anderson (0-4) took the loss for Georgia Tech, giving up four runs on 10 hits with five walks and six strikeouts in her 6.0 innings of work.
FSU and Georgia Tech will continue their three-game series with game two on Saturday, March 4 at 1:00 p.m. There will be a free streaming radio broadcast of Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech, along with live stats, available on Seminoles.com. Admission is free for all home regular season games at JoAnne Graf Field.
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