South Alabama's Beard, Campbell shut out high-powered Florida State offense
MOBILE, Ala. -- No. 23 South Alabama’s duo of Farish Beard and Hannah Campbell combined for its sixth win-save result of the season against No. 25 Florida State in a 4-0 victory at Jaguar Field.
The Jaguars moved to 16-0 on the year and Campbell recorded her Sun Belt Conference-leading sixth save. Beard struck out six batters, walked two and allowed three hits in the first four innings, while the Campbell struck out four in three relief frames, allowing only a hit and walk.
South Alabama (35-7, 11-3 SBC) outhit Florida State (31-14, 10-2 ACC) 7-4, handing FSU its first shutout in 31 games. Lacey Waldrop took the loss for the Noles, giving up three runs, all earned, on six hits in four innings of work. Monica Perry threw two innings of relief, giving up one run and one hit.
Florida State’s pitching staff led the Atlantic Coast Conference with a combined ERA of 1.94 heading into Wednesday’s game. Waldrop headed the league with her a 1.62 ERA and retired five of South Alabama’s first six batters, but freshman designated player Emily Messer triggered a three-hit, four-run bottom of the third with a bunt single.
Brittany Fowler ripped a shot down the left field line for a single that stretched into two bases after FSU’s outfield throw was too late to beat Messer at third.
Blair Johnson followed with a bases-clearing, two-run double to center that made it 2-0. After she advanced to third on a Seminole throwing error from the outfield, Johnson came home when Haley Fagan notched her team-leading 36th RBI of the year with a single to center.
Beard allowed a Kirstin Austin double to left center in the top of the fifth before Clark decided to insert Campbell. SHe dealt a walk to Bailey Schinella before forcing three consecutive outs to end the frame.
Julie Moss took Perry's first pitch over the left-center field wall for her fifth homer of the year, giving the Jags a 4-0 lead and Campbell some breathing room. She retired six of the last eight FSU batters, four by strikeouts, to secure the save.
“I thought the pitching did a great job,” South Alabama head coach Becky Clark said. “This is the best offense in the ACC and to shut them out and only give up four runs, I thought that was huge. Our pitching and our defense were really big [Wednesday].
“The kids executed, we put some runners in motion and I thought they did a great job. We changed the lineup a little bit. We put Fowler in the leadoff spot, and I thought that worked out for us. We had those eight and nine hitters really working hard trying to get on and get back to the top of the order, and they paid off for us. It got us some speed on [the bases] when the top of the order came up, and I thought that was great."