“Florida State Seminoles Defeat UCF 5-0 to Advance to the Super Regionals” Written By Mitch Alexander
The Florida State Seminoles played the University of Central Florida UCF Knights in the championship round of the Tallahassee Regional Tournament. The two played each other in the winner’s bracket in a tight game that had UCF leading through the seventh inning, only to lose by 2-1 with a walk off single the day before. Another close game was expected.
The starting lineup for FSU was: Jessica Burroughs (18-5) in the circle, Macey Cheatham behind the plate, Alex Kossoff in Left Field, Morgan Klaevemann in Center Field, Bailey Schinella in Right Field, Jessica Warren covering third, Maddie O'Brien at short, Ellie Cooper at second, Alex Powers at first, and Victoria Daddis as the designated player.
Klaevemann reached first base with a bunt and a missed throw to the second baseman covering first. Klaevemann stole second as O’Brien struck out. Warren popped out to Left Field. Powers who got the clutch hit in the winner’s bracket game walked putting runners on first and second with two outs. Cooper, the lefty, popped out to Left Center Field, ending the top of the first inning. Burroughs had three up and three down and earned her first strikeout of the game.
In the second inning, Schinella took Turnier deep to the wall in Right Center Field for a double. Kossoff grounded out to third. Daddis, the designated player popped out to the second baseman and then Schinella who didn’t get back to the bag quickly enough was doubled off, ending the top of the second inning. Burroughs gave up a single to shallow Left Field. The next batter laid down a sacrifice bunt moving the runner over to second base. Burroughs got her second strikeout of the game on a curve ball. Kossoff cleanly fielded a popup to shallow Left Field, ending the second inning.
Cheatham popped up a bunt back between the first baseman and the circle and earned a single. Klaevemann earned a double by driving the ball to the Left Center Field wall, which moved Cheatham over to third with no outs. O’Brien, a lefty took the count full and earned a walk, loading the bases with no outs. Turnier got the hook at this point in favor of Audas with a 0.97 ERA. Warren roped one to Left Field, which was caught. Cheatham tagged up and then cleanly scored as the umpire called obstruction on the catcher. Klaevemann advanced to third while O’Brien stayed on first. Powers got hit by a wild change-up on a full count, loading the bases for the second time in the third inning. Cooper who hit back to the pitcher while Klaevemann got tagged out at the plate got a lucky break and was called back due to the ball hitting her foot while still in the box. Cooper popped out to Center Field. Klaevemann tagged up and scored the second run of the inning. Schinella popped out, ending the top of the third inning. Burroughs earned her third strikeout of the game on the first batter of the inning. A ground out to Cooper got the second out. Burroughs earned her fourth strikeout of the game, ending the third inning.
Kossoff went down looking, giving Audus her first strikeout of the day on a changeup. Daddis went down swinging on another changeup, giving Audus her second strikeout of the day, once again on a changeup. Cheatham earned a walk on a full count with two outs. Cheatham then stole second while no one was covering the bag. Klaevemann hit a grounder to third base, who threw the ball away at first. Cheatham scored while Klaevemann took second on the overthrow. Klaevemann stole third on a passed ball. UCF had a conference in the circle with a called timeout. O’Brien earned another walk, putting runners on first and third. Warren then drove the ball to the Left Field wall, which allowed Klaevemann and O’Brien to score, and Warren earned a double, bringing the score to 5-0. Powers popped out with a foul ball to the right side, ending the top of the fourth inning. The first UCF batter grounded out to Warren for the first out. Powers caught a foul ball down the first base line for the second out. Burroughs earned her fifth strikeout on a well-placed curve ball.
Cooper lined to third base for the first out. Schinella popped out to Right Field on a changeup for the second out. Kossoff grounded out to second giving Audus a one, two, three inning. Burroughs induced a popup to Cooper for the first out of the bottom fifth inning. Harris who was subbed into Right Field caught a foul for the second out. Kossoff caught a pop up to Left Field to end the fifth inning.
East pinch hit for Daddis and popped out to Left Field for the first out. Cheatham struck out swinging on a full count, giving Audus her third strikeout of the game. Klaevemann grounds out to short for the final out of the top sixth inning. Klaevemann caught a pop fly to Center Field for the first out. East was subbed in for Powers, who was moved to the designated player position. The second batter grounded out to Cooper for the second out. Cooper fielded another grounder for the third out of the top sixth inning. O’Brien popped out to Center Field. Warren earned a walk. Powers hit a grounder to short, but Warren was forced out at second for the second out. D’Errico was brought in as a pinch runner for Powers, who stole second on the next pitch. Cooper popped out a foul ball on the shallow left side, ending the top of the seventh inning. A ball hit between first and second put a runner on first. UCF advanced to second base on a passed ball. Harris caught a pop fly to Right Field for the first out. Burroughs earned her sixth strikeout of the game while UCF stole third base. East caught a foul ball on the right side ending the game and sending FSU to the Super Regionals.
Next up for FSU is the Super Regionals in Knoxville vs. Tennessee.
|Mitch Alexander is the CIO for a major electronics company. He coaches both Little League and Travel softball teams. Currently Mitch is completing his PhD. He is a certified SUNY, ASA, and Double Goal Coach. His wife, Marie was one of the first female student athletes in the country to play Little League softball after Title IX was passed and played in the first Little League Softball World Series. Over the years, both have managed teams together and helped spark a love for softball in their student athletes. In his spare time, Mitch designs websites for fastpitch teams and businesses.|
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