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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- South Alabama defeated its first nationally ranked opponent of the season, taking down No. 21 Florida State 3-1 on Thursday evening.

With the win, the Jaguars improved to 25-12 on the year. After dropping its third home contest of the season, FSU fell to 36-9 overall.

Hannah Campbell (15-8) went the distance for South Alabama recording the win and allowing only one run while striking out 11 in seven innings of work. Monica Perry (16-5) took the loss after giving up five hits and three runs in 2.2 innings in the circle.

The Jags outhit the Seminoles 7-4. Meghan Collins went 2-for-2 with a run and a RBI. Christin Crocker, Brittany Fowler, Britany Campbell, Blair Johnson and Alex Breeden each added a hit.

South Alabama took the early lead in the top of the second using a pair of walks, a double and a sacrifice fly to push a run across. After striking Crocker out to open the second inning, Perry walked Collins. Breeden then stepped up and hit a double to the left-field fence putting runners on second and third. Richards then took the second walk of the inning to load the bases before Britany Campbell hit a sacrifice fly to center field, bringing Collins home.

The Jags were able to tack on two more the next inning. Johnson led off the third with a double to left center. With two outs Crocker hit a single to left plating Johnson. Collins then followed with a single up the middle scoring Crocker and giving South Alabama the 3-0 advantage. FSU’s Lacey Waldrop came in to relive Perry and finished the inning with a strikeout.

Florida State cut the deficit to two putting up a run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Shayla Jackson got things started with a triple down the left line. After Hannah Campbell struck out Celeste Gomez looking, she issued her first walk of the contest to Briana Hamilton who then advanced to second.

Evenlyn Morgado sent Jackson home when she reached on a fielder’s choice with a sacrifice bunt. Another strikeout Hannah Campbell from and a ground out ended the inning and the Seminole attack.