“Seminoles Opened The NCAA Tallahassee Regional” Written By Mitch Alexander
The Florida State Seminoles opened the NCAA Tallahassee Regional Tournament by defeating the Dartmouth Big Green 5-1. The game featured a 3 hour 42 minute rain delay in the third inning. FSU is currently ranked as 9th in the nation and Dartmouth is ranked as the top Ivy League team in the nation.
The starting lineup for FSU was: Lacey Waldrop 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.
FSU, as the home team kept the Big Green off the board in the top half of the first inning and then came back in the bottom half to open the scoring. Klaevemann got off a clean bunt and made it to first for a single. Warren got on via a walk. Cooper, who was the star of the game singled to Left Field, driving in two runs.
However, things got dicey for the Noles in the second inning when Waldrop gave up a base hit and two walks with only one out. However, Cooper saved the day with an unassisted double play at second. She caught a line drive and then stepped on the bag forcing a second out, the third of the inning.
In the top half of the third inning, Waldrop walked two more batters and another got on due to an overthrow. Waldrop helped herself and forced a grounder back to the circle ending the inning.
After an extended rain delay, the game resumed at a bit past 5:30pm ET. In the top of the fourth inning, Waldrop allowed another pair of walks (6 for the day) and was relieved by Burroughs. With two outs and two runners on, Burroughs gave up a single to the first batter she faced. A runner scored on the hit putting the Big Green on the scoreboard, 2-1. Cooper cleanly fielded a grounder to end the top of the fourth inning. In the bottom half of the inning, Kossoff bunted and made it to first. Klaevemann slammed a beauty for an RBI double improving their score to 3-1.
No excitement in the 5th inning, was quickly followed by some FSU thrills in the sixth. Burroughs retired three in a row. In the bottom half of the inning, Klaevemann got on base with a single and the star shortstop, Maddie O'Brien drove the ball out of the park for a two-run homer. This brought the score up to 5-1.
In the seventh inning, it was three up and three down for the Big Green. Burroughs earned the win improving to 17-5 this season. Rumley took the loss for Dartmouth. Klaevemann was named player of the game.
Next up, FSU advances to face UCF Saturday morning at 10am. The winner of that game advances to the championship which will be played Sunday.
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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