Maddie O'Brien homers as No. 10 FSU squeezes in win despite rain
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- After moving up the games to avoid the incoming rain, No. 10 Florida State and South Carolina Upstate managed to only play one game on Thursday afternoon before the weather made conditions unplayable on JoAnne Graf Field, which the Seminoles won 2-0.
The game was delayed 57 minutes due to rain and game two was cancelled in the first inning.
“A crazy day due to the weather, but a good job for our kids to get the win,” said Florida State coach Lonni Alameda. “Working around changing schedules and delays can be difficult, but I think we adjusted well. We were hoping for two today, but ended up with just one against a quality program.”
The Seminoles (20-5) scored a run in the first on a sac fly from Bailey Schinella to bring in Ellie Cooper who singled earlier in the inning. Florida State is now 10-0 on the season when scoring in the first inning.
Maddie O’Brien extended the lead to 2-0 in the fifth inning on a solo home run to left field. She crushed the first pitch of her at bat over the wall for her fourth home run of the season.
O’Brien and Morgan Klaevemann finished with two hits apiece as the Seminoles registered six in the game.
Lacey Waldrop continued her dominant ways in the circle, limiting the Spartan hitters to just two baserunners in the first 6.1 innings of the game. She gave up a leadoff single in the second, ending a personal streak of 8.2 innings without allowing a hit and retired 15 batters in a row from the second to the seventh inning.
The Spartans (14-4) threatened in the final frame, putting runners on the corners with one out after a double by Karla Beasley and a single by Kendall Settlemyre. Waldrop settled in and recorded a strikeout and induced a pop out to secure the victory. She finished with nine strikeouts, allowing just three hits and one walk in 7.0 innings.
Waldrop improved to 13-3 with the win and extended her streak to 38.1 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run. She has thrown three consecutive shutouts and lowered her season ERA to 0.67.
Lexi Shubert (8-4) earned the loss for Upstate, giving up six hits, two runs and three walks in 6.0 innings while recording four strikeouts.