COLUMBUS, Ga. - The 10th ranked Florida State softball team def eated #26 University of Massachusetts 4-0, but lost to #24 Cal State-Northridge 4-3 in ten innings at second day of play at the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga. With the split the Seminoles move their mark to 14-4 on the season and 2-2 in tournament play.
Against UMass, pitcher Jennifer White pitching a complete game shutout and giving up six hits and walks. White, who also contributed from the plate going 2-3 including a double. Offensively, the team was led by senior starters Misty Molin and Kristy Hull. Molin was 2-4 on the contest with a team high two RBIs, a double and scored a run. Hull was also 2-4 and scored two runs in leading the Noles to victory.
In the Seminoles longest game of the season, Cal-State Northridge upset the Noles when they socred a run in the bottom of the tenth. Florida State had scored in the top of the ninth but Cal-St. responded with a run to tie the game. Pitcher Stacey Venable started the game and pitched two scoreless innings, but was relieved by Jennifer White who pitched the rest of the game giving up two earned runs on seven hits. White's record now stands at 9-4 after today's games. Florida State, which only managed seven hits, was led by leftfielder Danielle Cox who went 2-3 on the game and scored a run.
Late on Friday, the Seminoles split the opening day of tournament play. They defeated Indiana 3-2 as Stacey Venable went the distance to move to 4-0 on the season and Kelly Miller hit the first Seminole home run of the season going 1-2 with an RBI. In the second game, the Seminoles suffered their worst loss of the season losing to #7 Arizona State 6-1. Jennifer White pitched the complete game giving up five earned runs on nine hits.
Florida State will continue with bracket play on Sunday at the final day of the tournament.
FRIDAY -- FSU 3 INDIANA 2 IU 001 010 0 2 8 0 FSU 201 000 3 5 0 2B - VALENCIA, AGEE (IU) HR - MILLER (FSU) WP - VENABLE 4-0 FRIDAY -- FSU 1 ARIZONA STATE 6 ASU 002 040 0 6 9 2 FSU 000 100 0 1 5 1 2B - POST (FSU) WP - JENNIFER WHITE 8-3 SATURDAY -- FSU 4 UMASS 0 FSU 220 000 0 4 8 0 UM 000 000 0 0 6 1 2B - MOLIN, WHITE (FSU) WP - JENNIFER WHITE 9-3 SATURDAY -- FSU 3 CAL ST-NORTHRIDGE 4 FSU 000 200 001 0 3 7 1 CSN 001 001 001 1 4 8 1 2B - SANCHES (CSN)