No. 2 Florida State Sweeps Troy
TROY, Ala. – Taking game one with nine runs and three home runs, while the Noles posted a 2-0 win in game two, No. 2 Florida State (41-3-1) earned the doubleheader sweep over Troy (17-29) on Tuesday night at the Troy Softball Complex.
Eight of the 11 runs scored by the Seminoles were with two-outs, increasing FSU’s overall total of two-out runs this season to 109.
The Seminoles reach the 40-win mark for the eighth time in nine years under head coach Lonni Alameda, and total at least 40 wins for the 30th time in program history.
“Nice pair of road wins tonight,” said Alameda. “Troy is a team that competes and always plays us tough, and we did a solid job on both sides to get the wins. Ellie Cooper was consistent for us at the plate and in the field, while Meghan King tossed a great game in game two. It will be a long drive home tonight, but we’ll get back to it and prepare for Louisville this weekend.”
The Seminoles got a pair of runners on in the first inning of game one behind singles from Morgan Klaevemann and Ellie Cooper, but wouldn’t get on the board until the second frame as Cali Harrod hit her eighth home run of the season, a two-run shot to left center. Dani Morgan led off the inning with a single and stole second base before scoring on the HR.
Florida State loaded the bases in the top of the third without a base hit on a hit-by-pitch to Jessica Warren and walks by Sydney Broderick and Harrod, and a two-out RBI single Carsyn Gordon extended FSU’s lead to 3-0.
Troy got its first hit of the game from Logan Calhoun to leadoff the third inning and were able to cut the FSU lead to 3-2 later in the inning with doubles from Becca Hartley and Stephanie Snyder.
The Noles brought in three runs in the fourth inning as Zoe Casas led off with a walk. Cooper followed with a single to right, but an errant throw by the Troy right fielder allowed Casas to score and make it 4-2 Noles.
Warren and Broderick both reached on a pair of fielder’s choices later in the inning and each came in to score on a double to right by Morgan to push the FSU lead to 6-2.
Cassidy Davis entered to pitch for the Noles in the bottom of the fifth to replace Jessica Burroughs and allowed a walk to the first batter she faced. She would quickly head back to the Troy dugout on a 5-4-3 double play. Davis surrendered a one-out walk and single in the bottom of the sixth, but ended the inning with a pair of strikeouts.
Harrod had the first multi-HR game of her career, launching a two-out solo home run to center in the seventh inning. Following a walk to Gordon, Davis helped her own cause in the circle, launching a two-run home run to right center to give the Noles a 9-2 lead.
Davis allowed an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh, but closed out game one in the circle for the first save of her career. Davis scattered two hits and three walks with two strikeouts in her 3.0 innings pitched. Burroughs (21-2) allowed two runs on three hits over 4.0 innings with a walk and four strikeouts to pick up the win.
Troy threatened the in the bottom of the second inning of game two, getting runners on first and second base on a pair of one-out singles. FSU’s Gordon started an inning-ending double play, diving to make a catch at first base on a line drive by Carli Kayler and throwing to Harrod at second to keep the game scoreless.
Cooper lined a two-out double into the right field corner in the Seminole third inning, but would be left stranded to end the frame.
The Seminoles opened the scoring in the top of the fourth inning of game two. Gordon drew a two-out walk and moved up to second base on a passed ball. Casas got down 0-2 in her plate appearance, but battled back to earn a walk on 11 pitches. Davis got the Noles on the board with an RBI single to right field.
FSU added an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning as Warren bounced a ground-rule double over the wall in right center and came in to score on an RBI single up the middle by Cooper.
King retired the final 16 batters in the game, improving to 19-1 with the complete game victory. She faced just 22 batters in the entire game, allowing two hits and zero walks while recording five strikeouts.
The Seminoles will take their perfect 18-0 ACC record on the road, heading to Louisville (25-13, 9-4 ACC) this weekend for a three-game series on April 22-24. Admission is free for all three games, with Saturday’s game airing on ACC Network Extra with the games on Sunday and Monday being broadcast on ESPNU. Live stats, as well as the FSU Softball radio stream, will be available on Seminoles.com.
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