No. 5 Oregon Earns Walk-Off Win Over No. 2 FSU In Nine Innings
EUGENE, Ore. – Going to extra innings against a team in the top five for the second time this week, the Seminoles were on the wrong side of a walk-off win on Sunday as No. 5 Oregon (44-6) earned a 2-1 victory in nine innings over No. 2 Florida State (48-6-1).
It marks the first three-game losing streak for FSU since April 4-11, 2015 when the Noles fell to NC State, Florida and Louisville. It also is the first three-game series sweep for Florida State since March 26-27, 2011 at North Carolina.
“Obviously not the outcome we wanted, but we are excited about the fight we had today,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “We had many opportunities and JB threw a great game. Hats off to Oregon. They are a good ball club and this was the challenge we wanted when scheduling this series. Now it is time to get a little rest and go into the ACC tournament and take care of business.”
The Seminoles opened the scoring in the second inning as Sydney Broderick led off with an infield single. Carsyn Gordon followed with a fielder's choice, retiring Broderick at second, while freshman Anna Shelnutt drove the first double of her career into the gap in left center to score Gordon and give FSU a 1-0 lead.
Florida State added hits in each of the next three innings on singles by Morgan Klaevemann, Jessica Warren, Gordon and Cali Harrod, but the Noles were unable to string the offense together as the game remained 1-0 after the top of five.
FSU starting pitcher Jessica Burroughs did not allow an Oregon runner to reach base until a one-out single by Shannon Rhodes in the bottom of the fifth inning. A stolen base moved her up to second base and an RBI single by Miranda Elish tied the game at 1-1.
Oregon threatened in the sixth inning as Jenna Lilley led off with a single. A fielder's choice and a pair of wild pitches allowed Oregon to put a runner on third with two outs, but Burroughs ended the inning with her seventh strikeout of the game.
Both teams traded scoreless seventh innings as the game went to extras tied at 1-1.
Oregon made a pitching change to start the top of the eighth, bringing in Megan Kleist to replace starter Miranda Elish. Ellie Cooper opened the inning with a single up the middle and Warren followed with her second hit of the game as the Noles put runners on second and third with nobody out in the eighth.
The Ducks made another pitching change as Maggie Balint entered the game for Kleist. Balint got out of the inning with a strikeout of Alex Powers, a bunt by Dani Morgan that was grabbed by the catcher to retire Cooper at the plate and a fly out to right by Gordon.
The Noles got a runner to third again in the ninth inning as Harrod was hit by a pitch, stole second and an Oregon error gave her an extra base. She would be left stranded as Klaevemann struck out to end the inning.
Oregon opened the bottom of the ninth with a double by Danica Mercado. A sacrifice bunt moved her up third base and Gwen Svekis ended the game with a sacrifice fly to center.
Next up for the Seminoles will be the 2017 ACC Softball Championship, held on May 11-13 on the campus of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. Florida State is the No. 1 seed for the fifth consecutive season after posting an undefeated 24-0 record in conference play. The Noles will play No. 8-seed Virginia on Thursday, May 11 at 11:00 a.m.
The game will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra, as well on the Regional Sports Networks (RSN). Links for live stats and the FSU Softball radio stream will be available on Seminoles.com.
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