No. 2 FSU Drops Two At No. 5 Oregon
EUGENE, Ore. – Losing in back-to-back games for just the second time this season, No. 2 Florida State (48-5-1) dropped both games of the doubleheader at No. 5 Oregon (43-6) on Saturday, losing 11-0 in game one and 3-1 in game two.
The Seminoles were plagued by four errors in the opening game, as seven of the 11 Oregon runs were unearned. The loss snapped a streak of eight consecutive wins over teams in the Pac-12 conference. Oregon was the most recent Pac-12 team to beat Florida State, taking a 3-0 win on May 29, 2014.
The Ducks scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth in game two to come from behind and earn the 3-1 victory to close out the day.
“Tough games today,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “Oregon's a strong team that is solid at the plate and in the circle, and we can't afford to give them extra outs. They took advantage of every opportunity we gave them, while we struggled to convert ours. We get another chance at it tomorrow and I look forward to the opportunity.”
Game 1: Oregon 11, Florida State 0
Oregon scored its first run of the game before recording its first hit as Shannon Rhodes led off the second inning by reaching on a Seminole fielding error. A sacrifice bunt and an RBI fielder's choice by Madi Bishop brought her in to score, giving the Ducks a 1-0 lead. FSU's Cali Harrod helped end the threat, catching a line drive at short and doubling off the runner at first to end the inning.
The Seminoles had runners on base in each of the first three innings with singles by Ellie Cooper and Alex Powers, and a walk by Sydney Broderick, but were unable to get anyone past second base in the early going.
Oregon broke the game open in the bottom of the third inning, scoring four runs before the Noles were able to record an out. Alexis Mack hit an RBI single and Gwen Svekis had a two-run home run prompting FSU to make a pitching change, bringing in Cassidy Davis to replace Meghan King in the circle.
The Ducks continued the frame with three consecutive singles to take a 6-0 lead before Davis was able to retire three of the next four batters to end the inning.
Oregon added five unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth inning for the 11-0 final score.
King (24-2) allowed three hits and five runs, three earned, over 2.0 innings for her second loss of the season. Davis gave up six runs, but just one earned run over 1.2 innings, allowing eight hits and two walks. Abby Evans closed out the game in the circle for the Noles, giving up one hit and facing just two batters.
Game 2: Oregon 3, Florida State 1
The Seminoles took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning in game two. Broderick and Zoe Casas drew one-out walks and Carsyn Gordon put FSU on the board on a single for her 39th RBI of the season.
Oregon threatened in the bottom of the second inning, loading the bases with one out on a pair of singles and a Seminole fielding error, but FSU's Jessica Burroughs was able to get out of the jam with a strikeout and a fly out to center.
The game became a pitching duel between Burroughs and Oregon's Maggie Balint as only three total batters from either team reached base in the third through fifth innings.
Florida State was able to get a pair of runners on base in the top of the sixth on singles by Cooper and Broderick, but both would be left stranded.
Oregon tied the game in the bottom of the sixth as the Ducks led off the inning with a single from Rhodes and an RBI double by Mia Camuso. After a single and a sacrifice bunt, King came into the game to pitch for Burroughs with one out and runners on the corners.
A single to center by Jenna Lilley gave Oregon the lead and FSU's second error of the game, and sixth of the day, gave the Ducks a 3-1 lead heading to the seventh inning.
Oregon's Balint retired the Seminoles in order in the seventh inning to improve to 18-3 on the season. She allowed three hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in the win.
Burroughs fell to 23-3, giving up seven hits and three runs, two earned, with one walk and four strikeouts over 5.1 innings. King allowed one walk and one hit over the final 0.2 innings of the game.
The Noles will conclude the 2017 regular season at No. 5 Oregon on Sunday, May 7. First pitch will be at 8:00 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Network. Links for live stats and FSU Softball radio will be available on Seminoles.com.
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