GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Closing out the Share A Little Sunshine Showdown, No. 10/11 Florida State (37-12) fell by a score of 5-0 to No. 1 Florida (44-4) at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium on April 22.
“Tough night for us against a quality team,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “We couldn’t get our offense going and Florida took advantage of the opportunities we gave them. It was a great environment and learning experience for this young team as these are the kinds of teams and crowds we’ll face in the postseason.”
Florida pushed across a run in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI groundout by Lauren Haeger to score Nicole DeWitt. DeWitt was hit by a pitch earlier in the inning and had moved up to third on an infield single and a wild pitch.
Florida made it 3-0 in the third inning on a two-run single by Haeger to left field. The Gators added two more in the bottom of the fifth inning via a passed ball and a sacrifice bunt to end the evening for FSU starter Lacey Waldrop.
Waldrop took the loss and moved to 24-6 on 4.1 innings pitched, allowing six hits, five runs, three earned with one walk and four strikeouts. Jessica Burroughs pitched very well in relief as she retired all five batters she faced and recorded two strikeouts.
Haeger started in the circle for the Gators and pitched the first five innings before being relieved by Aleshia Ocasio. Haeger (21-0) gave up four hits and posted four strikeouts without surrendering a walk or a run in the victory. She also had three RBI from the plate to help her cause.
The Seminoles will wrap up their ACC regular season this weekend with a three-game series in Atlanta against Georgia Tech on April 25-26. There will be a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 12 p.m., and a single game on Sunday at 12 p.m. Florida State would be able to secure its third consecutive ACC regular season title with two wins in the series.
*FSU Sports Information