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Seminoles.com– Behind a combined one-hitter in the circle by Jessica Burroughs and Meghan King, No. 4 Florida State (52-6-1) earned a 3-0 win over Princeton (25-19) in the opening round of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional on Friday night at JoAnne Graf Field.
The Seminoles had eight hits on the night, with six of them going for extra bases on four doubles, a triple and a home run. The Florida State catchers had a day both at and behind the plate as Sydney Broderick had a double and a solo home run, while Anna Shelnutt doubled and tripled in the win.
It marked the 11th straight win for Florida State in the regional round of the NCAA Tournament, as the Noles have outscored their opponents 32-5 dating back to the 2014 season.
The Tigers threatened right out of the gate, getting the first two batters of the game on base after an FSU error along with their only base hit coming on an infield single Kylee Pierce. A fly out and a groundout moved the runners up to second and third with two outs, and Princeton's Kaylee Grant was hit by a pitch to load the bases. FSU's Burroughs ended the inning with a strikeout to maintain the scoreless game.
Florida State also got a runner to third base in its half of the first inning, but was unable to bring her in. Jessie Warren hit a one-out double to center and, following a walk by Alex Powers, moved up to third on a fielder's choice before a pop out ended the inning.
The Noles used a pair of doubles in the bottom of the second inning to take a 1-0 lead. Broderick led off with a ball off the centerfield wall, while Shelnutt added one of her own to put FSU on top in the early going.
Shelnutt hit her second extra-base hit of the game in the bottom of the fourth, a two-out triple to right, but was left on base after a pop out.
FSU added a run in the bottom of the fifth as Morgan Klaevemann led off with a four-pitch walk and immediately stole second base. She scored after Alex Powers singled to right and the pair of Seminoles executed a first-and-third play, extending FSU's lead to 2-0.
Broderick made it a 3-0 game with a solo home run in the sixth inning, her fifth of the season, and Dani Morgan continued the inning with a double down the left field line. Korina Rosario hit a single up the middle that was stopped on a diving attempt by the Princeton second baseman Haley Hineman, and Morgan attempted to score on the play, but was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.
Burroughs retired 16 batters in a row before giving way to Meghan King to close out the seventh inning for her third save of the season, setting down all three hitters she faced. Burroughs (26-4) recorded eight strikeouts and zero walks in 6.0 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit.
The Seminoles will advance in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional to play No. 25 Georgia (34-21) in the winner's bracket game at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 20. The winner of that game will play in Sunday's regional championship game at 12:00 p.m., while the loser will play again at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.
UND.com - Despite a fast start from the University of Notre Dame softball team on Friday, California was able to weather the storm. A five-run rally by the Golden Bears, including three runs in the bottom of the fourth, lifted California to a 6-2 win over the Irish in game one of the NCAA Auburn Regional at Jane B. Moore Field.
How It Happened
Notre Dame (33-22) was the first team on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning. Karley Wester reached by way of a leadoff walk, stole second, and came around to score on a California (31-22) throwing error for the 1-0 Irish lead.
The Golden Bears answered with a double-steal and sacrifice fly of their own in the bottom of the first, tying the contest at 1-1. Rachel Nasland bounced back with consecutive infield outs to stall the California rally.
Notre Dame retook the lead in the top of the second thanks to crafty baserunning and more California miscues. A fielding error and subsequent throwing error by the Golden Bears infield brought Katie Marino across for the Irish, and it was 2-1 Notre Dame.
A second sacrifice fly for California in the bottom of the third inning tied the game once more at 2-2. With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, the Golden Bears utilized a soft slap double up the middle and a two-run home run to take a 5-2 edge.
The Golden Bears would add their final run of the day thanks to a two-out fielding error in the bottom of the fifth inning, pushing the margin to 6-2. Notre Dame's Katie Beriont held the California order hitless for the final 1.1 innings of the ballgame.
Notre Dame faces ETSU on Saturday in an elimination game at 2:30 p.m. (ET) at Jane B. Moore Field.
Oxford, Miss. – North Carolina batted around and scored three in the top of the first, but No. 22 Arizona State blasted four home runs in the first three innings to slug past the Tar Heels, 9-3, in the opening game of the NCAA Oxford Regional. The win sends the Sun Devils (31-20) in to the winner's bracket, while UNC (38-20) will face Southern Illinois in an elimination game at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 20.
Leah Murray led North Carolina at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a stolen base and run score. The sophomore led off the first and second innings with a single and scored the first run of the game. Taylor Wike and Katie Bailiff had UNC's remaining two hits, both in the first inning, while Bailiff, Kendra Lynch and Brittany Pickett had the team's three RBIs. Pickett reached base twice, with a bases-loaded walk and a hit by pitch, and Berlynne Delamora's sixth-inning walk represented UNC's remaining base runner.
Pickett (21-9) started in the circle for Carolina, but retired just one of the first six batters, allowing five runs on four hits, including two homers, in the bottom of the first. Kendra Lynch got the Heels out of the first after a 42-minute rain delay, but went on to allow three runs on five hits, including two more dingers, with three strikeouts over 2.2 innings. Kellyn Daly tossed the next 1.2 innings, allowing a run on one hit and three walks, and Sydney Matzko closed out the game for Carolina, allowing two hits over the final 1.1 scoreless frames.
Breanna Macha (13-8) went the distance for Arizona State, allowing two earned runs on four hits and three walks over the full seven innings. After the first seven batters of the game reached base, Macha pitched to just one more than the minimum over the remaining 6.2 innings, with the help of a pair of double plays.
The Sun Devils belted four home runs to score the first eight runs, with two long balls by shortstop Chelsea Gonzales, a three-run blast by Margaret Stahm, and a two-run shot by Brynley Steele.
UNC attacked the Sun Devils early, as the first seven batters of the game reached base safely. Murray led off with a single and a stolen base, then Wike singled off the first baseman. Lynch drove on the first run of the game on an error by the Gonzales at short, and an RBI single by Bailiff made it 2-0 Carolina. A bases-loaded walk issued to Pickett put the Tar Heels ahead 3-0 before a pair of strikeouts ended the frame.
Carolina did not lead for long, as Arizona State used a two-run homer (Gonzales) and a three-run homer (Stahm) to push in front 5-3 in the bottom of the first. The Tar Heels announced a pitching change, but at the same time the rain picked up as both teams left the field for a rain delay. Forty-two minutes later Lynch entered the circle and got the job done to end the inning.
In her second at-bat of the game, Gonzales skied one high and out for a solo shot, her second dinger of the game, to make it 6-3 Arizona State in the bottom of the second.
The Sun Devils added another pair of runs in the bottom of the third off a two-run blast by Brynley Steele.
Daly came in and pitched a scoreless bottom of the fourth, but a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the fifth made it 9-3 ASU. Matzko then took over and drew a pop up to keep the Sun Devils from ending the game early.
Delamora led off the sixth with a walk, UNC's first baserunner since the second inning, but the second double play of the game kept the Heels from getting anything going.
Pickett was hit by ball four to lead off the seventh inning, but three straight ground out stranded her on third, as Arizona State sealed up the victory, 9-3.