March 3, 2012
HONOLULU, Hawaii (seminoles.com) - Freshman Lacey Waldrop's successful outing combined with key contributions from Mallory Borden and Courtney Senas lifted the Florida State University softball team to a 5-1 victory over UC Santa Barbara on Friday evening at the Bank of Hawaii Invitational Tournament in Rainbow Wahine Stadium.
Waldrop (8-0) kept her undefeated start intact as she tossed her fifth complete game of the season. The Colonial Heights, Va., native struck out a season-high nine batters while scattering just three hits and one walk in another fine effort. In the second inning Waldrop surrendered her first home run of the season, but retired the next 17 of her 22 batters faced to bounce back strong.
Waldrop's performance gives the Seminoles (16-0) 14 consecutive games in which they've allowed two runs or less.
"Lacey had another strong outing for us," head coach Lonni Alameda said. "After giving up her first home run of the season, she never got rattled and refused to let that bother her. She stuck with her pitches and seemed to grow stronger as the game went on. Our offense also gave her some timely hits."
Waldrop now shows a 0.93 ERA for the season.
FSU recorded eight hits at the plate on the evening, including two extra base hits. Hawaii native Courtney Senas had a welcomed homecoming by going 3-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored, her second three-hit performance of the season.
Borden provided the game-changing play in the fourth with her two-run home run broke a 1-1 tie. Borden finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and one run scored.
In the top of the second inning, FSU surrendered the game's first run when catcher Lainey DePompa led off the inning with a line-drive home run to left center. The round-tripper was Waldrop's first allowed this season, but she was able to bounce right back and retire her next three batters faced to get out of the inning.
FSU's first scoring opportunity came in the second inning. Erika Leonard led off with a hit-by-pitch, then advanced to second base when Senas' sharp single ricocheted off UCSB pitcher Shelby Wisdom (4-5). A subsequent pop-up in foul territory and lineout put an end to FSU's threat.
With two outs, the Seminoles were able to cross the plate in the third inning courtesy of a line-drive single by Maddie O'Brien. After Shayla Jackson reached base on a single up the middle, O'Brien's single went through the legs of right fielder McKenzie Kane to score Jackson from first base, tying the game at 1-1.
Again with two outs, FSU got a much-needed lift from Borden when she hammered a full-count offering over the left center wall for her first home run of the season in the fourth inning. Borden, who redshirted last season after injury her leg early in the season, recorded her first home run since March 24, 2010, versus Georgia. Borden's blast brought home Senas to make it 3-1.
UC Santa Barbara threatened to score in the fifth inning when Jessica Sorica led off with a single and advanced on a fielding error with one out. Waldrop, however, responded by making a series of good pitches and induced flyouts to cleanup batter DePompa and DeJanee Moore to escape the jam.
FSU added two more runs in the sixth inning, its second run scoring as a result of a Gaucho miscue. Senas added her third hit of the game on an RBI single through the left side to score Borden. Morgan Bullock then reached base on an overthrow by third baseman DeJanee Moore, scoring pinch runner Erika Hoffner from second base.
FSU is now 5-0 this season when its opponent scores first. The Seminoles' current 16-game win streak is tied for the 10th longest in school history.
The Seminoles return with two games on Saturday, beginning with a matchup versus Radford at 6 p.m. ET/1 p.m. HT. FSU will then face No. 22 Hawaii at approximately 10 p.m. ET/5 p.m. HT. The Seminoles are designated as the away team in both contests.