FSU earns 3rd consecutive ACC regular-season title with sweep at GT
ATLANTA -- For the third time in a row, Florida State earned the regular season ACC title and will be the No. 1 seed at the 2015 ACC Championships on May 7-9 in Blacksburg, Virginia. The No. 10 Seminoles (39-12, 19-3 ACC) secured the title after a pair of one run victories against Georgia Tech (16-33, 6-17 ACC) on Saturday. FSU came from behind for a 2-1 win in eight innings to take Game 1 and held on to win Game 2 by a 3-2 score.
“Great job out of this family to battle and never quit today,” FSU head coach Lonni Alameda said. “One of our goals this season was to win the ACC regular season and while we didn’t have our best games today, they fought through some struggles to accomplish that goal. Tomorrow’s game will be a great chance to see how each team makes adjustments as we close out the series.”
Georgia Tech took a quick 1-0 lead in Game 1 as Samantha Pierannunzi led off the bottom of the first with a home run to left field.
FSU tied the game in the seventh inning as Alex Kossoff led off with a walk and she moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt by Macey Cheatham. Morgan Klaevemann slapped an infield single to the second baseman, putting runners on the corners and extending her hit streak to 16 games.
Kossoff came in to score and tie the game at 1-1 on the next at-bat as Kleinschmidt’s pitch to Maddie O’Brien was in the dirt and went to the backstop as a wild pitch. GT ended the threat with a strikeout and a groundout.
In the FSU half of the eighth, Alex Powers led off with a walk and was pinch-run for by Bella D’Errico. D’Errico moved up to second on a wild pitch and stole third base with two outs in the inning. Lauren Harris gave the Seminoles a 2-1 lead as she blooped a single behind the pitcher, allowing D’Errico to score from third.
Waldrop retired Georgia Tech in order in the bottom of the eighth to secure the victory and move to 25-6 on the season. She allowed one run on five hits and three walks in 8.0 innings to go along with six strikeouts.
Florida State wasted no time to take the lead in Game 2 as O’Brien blasted the first pitch of her at-bat in the top of the first for a solo home run to right field. It was O’Brien’s 50th home run of her career as the Seminoles took an early 1-0 lead against Georgia Tech.
Korina Rosario pushed the FSU lead to 3-0 in the top of the fourth as she blasted a two-run home run to right field for the first home run of her career. She brought in Cooper who had reached earlier in the inning on a base hit and also stole second base.
In the seventh, after the Jackets were able to get runners on first and third with one out, Klaevemann caught a fly ball to center for out number two and fired home to retire Draven Sonnen as she attempted to tag for a game-ending double play.
Klaevemann now has four outfield assists on the season and also recorded a single in the seventh inning of Game 2 to push her hit streak up to 17 games.