Florida State completes weekend sweep of Boston College to open ACC play
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- No. 12 Florida State (13-5, 3-0 ACC) wrapped up the three-game series against Boston College (11-6, 0-3 ACC) with a pair of wins on Sunday at JoAnne Graf Field. The Seminoles defeated the Eagles, 2-1, in a game that resumed in the third inning after a rain delay on Saturday, and then earned a 5-1 victory in game three later in the afternoon.
Florida State wore special jerseys on Sunday as part of its Salute Sunday initiative to honor current and former military members for their service during home games throughout the month of March. Capt. Bobby Francis, a Navy veteran, was on hand to throw out the first pitch.
“To start off the ACC season with a sweep at home on the weekend was huge for us,” said head coach Lonni Alameda. “We knew [Allyson] Frei would come in and hit her spots and we were going to be challenged offensively. Three big wins for us and now we get to battle five teams out of conference before coming back to play a quality Notre Dame team.”
After restarting Saturday’s game two in the top of the third inning, Boston College threatened in the fourth inning after loading the bases with one out on a walk by Tatiana Cortez, a throwing error by Jessica Burroughs and a base hit by Madison Paulson.
Burroughs and the Noles were able to get out of the inning after the redshirt sophomore pitcher was able to record two consecutive strikeouts.
FSU grabbed the lead in the fifth inning after Morgan Klaevemann reached on an infield single and advanced to second on a throwing error by BC second baseman Chloe Sharabba.
Walks to Rylan Harvey and Maddie O’Brien loaded the bases for Jessica Warren who was hit on the elbow on a 1-1 pitch to score Klaevemann from third and give the Noles a 2-1 lead.
That would be all the offense FSU would need as Burroughs (4-2) picked up the win, closing out the complete-game victory. She gave up three hits, one run and four walks while recording nine strikeouts.
BC’s Allyson Frei (9-4) earned the loss after tossing 6.0 innings with three hits, two runs, one earned along with five walks and four strikeouts.
In the final game of the series, Boston College used several Florida State miscues to bring in a run in the top of the first. After a leadoff single from Cooley, she stole second base and moved to third on a fielding error by Alex Powers.
On the third strike to Madison Paulson for the first out of the inning, Amy Szymanowski’s throw to second on a steal attempt by Annie Murphy sailed high and into centerfield to score Cooley and give BC a 1-0 lead.
Three consecutive base hits by Victoria East, Victoria Daddis and Amy Szymanowski to start off the second inning tied the game at 1-1. A sacrifice bunt by Alex Kossoff moved the runners to second and third.
Boston College made a nice play on a slap hit from Morgan Klaevemann, gunning down Daddis at the plate for out number two. Klaevemann quickly stole second base and a throwing error from Eagle catcher Cortez allowed Szymanowski to score easily.
The Seminoles made it 3-1 after the third inning behind walks from Powers and Szymanowski. Lauren Harris came in to pinch run for Powers and scored on an infield single from Kossoff that was thrown out of play by BC’s Frei.
Kossoff finished 2-for-3 from the plate and Szymanowski also had a multi-hit afternoon recording two singles, driving in a run and scoring one as well.
After allowing the first two runners on a single and a fielding error to start the first inning, FSU starter Lacey Waldrop shut down the next 14 Boston College batters in order, recording seven strikeouts over that stretch.
O’Brien extended Florida State’s lead in both the fourth and the fifth inning as the redshirt senior led off the FSU fourth with a solo home run to centerfield to make it 4-1. She added a sacrifice fly to right field in the fifth inning to push the Seminole lead to 5-1.
O’Brien finished with two walks in the game, increasing her career total to 144. She is now tied with Jessica van der Linden (2001-04) for the most career walks in Florida State history.
Waldrop (9-3) picked up the win in the complete-game victory, allowing just three hits with one unearned run and one walk over 7.0 innings. She recorded nine strikeouts to push her season total to 94.