Rachel Nasland throws no-no, Notre Dame blows out No. 10 FSU
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A rough end to her outing on Saturday night against Florida State did not have any lingering impact on Notre Dame softball sophomore Rachel Nasland. In fact, Nasland's response was nothing ... in the hit column for the No. 10 Seminoles on Sunday.
The Irish right-hander threw the 35th solo no-hitter (42nd combined) in program history to power Notre Dame to a 12-0 ACC win against Florida State in five innings at JoAnne Graf Field.
Notre Dame (15-11, 1-5 ACC) earned its third top 10 victory of the 2015 season with the win, salvaging the third game of the program's first league series at Florida State (22-6, 5-1 ACC). The Irish scored six runs in the third, four runs in the fourth and added a single run in the first and fifth innings on nine hits.
"I'm really proud of the girls, the way that they didn't stop fighting even after a tough day yesterday," Notre Dame head coach Deanna Gumpf said. "The girls really came back and fought today and had a great presence."
Senior co-captain and two-time All-American Emilee Koerner jump-started the Notre Dame bats in the top of the first inning, lining a one-out triple down the right field line off Florida State starter Jessica Burroughs (8-3). Fellow senior Katey Haus made the extra-base knock stick, driving Koerner in on an RBI ground out to third base to give the Irish a 1-0 lead.
"We've been thinking about putting Emi in the two-hole because of her power, and it really paid off today," Gumpf said. "It was great to see Emi have one of her best days of the year, and I really thought she and the top half of the order really worked well together. They could depend on each other to make fire happen."
Nasland (7-6) came out firing in the circle for Notre Dame during the bottom of the first frame. Jessica Warren hit a deep fly out to Koerner in center, Ellie Cooper flew out to sophomore All-American Karley Wester in left and Nasland struck out All-American Maddie O'Brien on three pitches to end the Florida State inning.
"I think it was huge for our team all around because we came out [fast] hitting and defensively," Nasland said. "Playing strong right off the bat made a statement that boosted our confidence throughout the game."
Koerner led the Notre Dame offense with a 3-for-4 day at the plate, adding an RBI single while scoring three times. Reed finished with two hits and a career-high four RBI.
Nasland completed the no-hit bid in the bottom of the fifth inning, forcing two fly ball outs before striking Klaevemann out swinging to end the game.
"We had an aggressive approach to every batter and wanted to attack every batter," Nasland said. "We wanted to be smart with some of their bigger hitters that did have key hits yesterday, still go ahead right at them but be smart about what we would let them swing at."
Nasland yielded only a pair of walks to Florida State during the no-hitter, striking out four batters on 61 pitches. A total of 38 of Nasland's 61 pitches found the strike zone.
"It means a lot [to throw a no-hitter against FSU], I'm very happy right now," Nasland said. "There is no other way to describe it. I hope that I can continue doing the same for my team."