Feb. 12, 2012
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - In just her third career start as part of the Garnet and Gold, freshman pitcher Lacey Waldrop tossed a five-inning no-hitter as the Florida State University softball team defeated Ole Miss, 8-0, in a mercy-rule shortened game on Sunday afternoon in the Seminole Classic championship.
Waldrop, a native of Colonial Heights, Va., threw the Rebels (3-2) off balance throughout the afternoon. Just like in her first career win on Saturday, she threw several types of pitches to keep the Ole Miss hitters guessing. Waldrop now has a streak of 10 consecutive hitless innings pitched after yesterday's five frames, although she wasn't credited with a no-hitter because she did not pitch the full game.
"I'm very proud of Lacey. She really came out and pitched according to the game plan," head coach Lonni Alameda said. "For a freshman she has a good amount of confidence in her pitches and it really showed today. Combining her effort with some good defensive plays on our side, I was really impressed with the way our team played today."
Waldrop's no-hitter was the first by a Seminole freshman since Terese Gober tossed one her freshman year on April 17, 2007, in a victory over Jacksonville.
The only blemish in Waldrop's stat line were her three walks, all issued in the first inning. She started off the game forcing two groundouts, then allowed three consecutive walks to her next three batters. Waldrop was able to get out of the two-out jam by striking out starting pitcher Kendall Bruning on a well-placed offspeed pitch on the outside corner to end the inning.
From there, Waldrop prevented her next 12 batters faced from reaching base. She was also aided by some early run-support from FSU, albeit off two Ole Miss errors.
The Seminoles (5-0) struck first in the bottom of the first on a fielding miscue from Ole Miss. With Tiffani Brown on second base following a leadoff hit-by-pitch and steal, a ground ball hit to the right side by Shayla Jackson was fielded by second baseman Corrine Doornberg but muffed by Rebel first baseman Londen Ladner. Brown hustled around third base and beat the throw home to score the unearned run.
In the third inning, two more unearned runs were scored off Jackson's bat. With two runners in scoring position and two outs, Jackson hit a slow dribbler that was fielded by Bruning. However, the throw brought first baseman Ladner slightly off the bag and was dropped, bringing home both runs.
FSU broke the game open in a four-run fourth inning. Junior Briana Hamilton, who led FSU by going 3-for-3, led off the frame with a solo home run to left center. Brown then singled on a bunt, stole second base and eventually scored on a single to left field by Jackson although not directly because of her hit. Later, Courtney Senas drove a pitch to right center to plate Maddie O'Brien and Jackson.
As a team, the Seminoles recorded nine base hits on the afternoon and stole three more bases. Brown joined Hamilton as the two Seminoles with multiple-hit performances, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. The Tallahassee native's single through the right side in the fifth inning gave FSU the eight-run deficit it needed through five innings to end the game early.
FSU is now slated to travel to 20th-ranked LSU for a matchup on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT. It will be the first meeting between both teams since the 2004 season.