No. 1 FSU Falls To No. 3 Florida, 1-0, On Walk-Off
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Two top-three teams, a sold-out stadium and a long-standing rivalry lived up to the hype as it took a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning to give No. 3 Florida (38-2) a 1-0 victory over No. 1 Florida State (38-2-1) in front of a record crowd of 2,574 at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium in the opening game of the 2017 Fresh From Florida Sunshine Showdown.
“What an awesome atmosphere, we talked about this game being a postseason feel and it definitely was tonight,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “This rivalry has always been so great. The kids fought and we put ourselves in position and made a run at it in the first inning. Really proud of JB tonight. This is going to be huge for us down the line, and there is nothing to hang our heads about. Right now it is all about going up to South Carolina and getting after business this weekend.”
The Noles had three hits in the top of the first inning, but were unable to bring a run across to open the game. Morgan Klaevemann led off with a single up the middle, and attempted to steal second on what was a strikeout to Alex Powers, but was judged to have left the base early.
Klaevemann added a two-out single in the top of the third and stole second, but would be left stranded.
Seminole starter Jessica Burroughs allowed just one hit through the first 5.1 innings, recording five strikeouts before giving up a single to Janelle Wheaton.
The Gators were able to get runners to second and third with two outs in the fifth inning, on a walk, a hit-by-pitch and a wild pitch, but a fly out to left by Kayli Kvistad ended the inning.Video
Florida was able to get another runner to third base in the sixth inning following a one-out single by Wheaton. A ground out and a wild pitch moved her 60 feet away from the plate, but a fly out to left ended the inning.
Burroughs got the first out of the Florida seventh on a groundout to short, before being relieved by Meghan King. Justine McLean dropped a bunt single and moved up to second on a ground out. Kvistad ended the game with an RBI single to right.
The run ended a scoreless streak of 16 innings in the series in games played in Gainesville, as neither FSU or Florida had scored a run since the fifth inning of the game in 2015.
Florida pitchers Delanie Gourley and Kelly Barnhill combined to retire 13 of the last 14 Seminole hitters, giving up just a walk to Powers in the sixth inning. Barnhill (16-0) struck out three in 2.0 no-hit innings, giving up one walk. Gourley allowed four hits and struck out seven, without a walk, in 5.0 innings.
King earned her first loss of the season, moving to 17-1 on the year, giving up two hits and a walk in 0.1 innings. Burroughs tossed 6.1 shutout innings in the no decision, striking out five and allowing two hits and a walk.
The Seminoles will remain on the road and travel to play at South Carolina on April 14-15. Friday’s game will be at 6:00 p.m., while Saturday’s game will begin at 1:00 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on SEC Network+, with links for live stats and FSU Softball radio available on Seminoles.com.
2017 USA Softball Player of the Year Finalists
On Wednesday night, USA Softball announced its finalists for the 2017 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, with four Seminoles earning a spot on the list – Jessica Warren, Jessica Burroughs, Alex Powers and Morgan Klaevemann. It is the second consecutive year that Burroughs was among the midseason finalists for the award.
A total of 34 players have been selected to this year’s list, with Arizona having five players, Florida State with four and Florida, LSU, Michigan and Oregon each two players represented.
Prior to the start of post-season play, the list will be narrowed to the Top 10 Finalists on May 10. The Top 3 Finalists will be announced May 24, while the winner of the 2017 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award will be revealed on May 30 prior to the start of the NCAA WCWS in Oklahoma City.
Follow Florida State softball on Twitter (@FSU_Softball) and Instagram (fsusoftball), and like our Facebook page (Facebook.com/FSUsoftball) to keep up to date with everything about Seminole softball.