May 9, 2014
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Seminoles.com) - The No. 4 Florida State Seminoles (49-6) advanced to their fifth ACC Championship Game in six seasons after a 9-1 five-inning mercy rule victory over North Carolina (24-26) in an ACC semifinal game on May 9 at Maryland Softball Stadium. Five of FSU's ten hits went for extra bases, including three doubles and two home runs.
"Our bats were hot today," said head coach Lonni Alameda. "We saw the ball well and made excellent contact. Even the outs that we made were on solid hit balls that just happened to be right at a fielder. Lacey pitched well for us yet again and it was great to see production up and down the lineup. We have one more game tomorrow to reach our goal of being ACC Champions."
North Carolina scored a run in the first inning as Aquilla Mateen placed a nice bunt single to lead off the game and moved around the bases on a groundout, passed ball and came in to score on a fielder's choice to short.
The Noles broke it open in the second on a pair of two-run home runs by Celeste Gomez and Courtney Senas. The TV production crew might not be fans of Florida State after today as Gomez's shot went off the portable video board truck in left and Senas nearly hit the camera guy in the lift behind center to make it 5-1 Florida State.
North Carolina threatened in the top of the fourth, putting the first two batters on base via walks to open the frame. Lacey Waldrop would get a strikeout before a single to left loaded the bases. The Chester, Va., native froze the next batter with a changeup for a strikeout and induced a groundout to first to end the threat.
Waldrop never let UNC get into a groove at the plate and scattered three hits and four walks on 5.0 innings of work to get the win and improve to 32-4 on the season. She recorded four strikeouts and allowed just one unearned run as her ERA dropped to 0.94.
FSU closed out the game in the bottom of the sixth as five consecutive batters reached base. Bailey Schinella doubled to the right field corner to score Victoria East who reached on a fielder's choice. Gomez followed with an RBI single to center. The catcher from Lake City, Fla., tied career highs with three hits and three RBI for the game.
Alex Kossoff reached on an error which moved pinch runner Bella D'Errico to second. Ellie Cooper hit an RBI pinch-hit single to right to score D'Errico and make it an 8-1 game with runners on second and third. Brown secured the mercy-rule win with her second base hit of the ball game to left field, easily scoring Kossoff from third. Brown finished 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.
Florida State will go on to face the winner of the No. 20 Notre Dame and Virginia Tech semifinal in the 2014 ACC Championship Game on May 10 at 2:00 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2 and streamed online on WatchESPN.
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