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May 10, 2012
CHAPEL HILL N.C. (theACC.com) - Powered by a five-run first inning and a strong pitching performance from junior Monica Perry, No. 2 Florida State defeated No. 7 NC State, 6-2, in the quarterfinals of the 2012 ACC Softball Championship.
After being named to the All-ACC Softball First Team earlier in the morning, Perry (21-5) allowed only two hits and held NC State scoreless in five innings pitched. The junior now has given up five hits in 16 scoreless innings pitched against the Wolfpack this season.
With the win, Florida State improves to 46-13 and 49-17 all-time in ACC Championship play. The Seminoles advance to play Georgia Tech at 1 p.m. on Friday in the first semifinal game.
Florida State scored five runs in the first off of five walks, three hits, and a two-run home run from Maddie O'Brien, her eighth of the season. Three more walks in the fifth inning pushed across the sixth and final run of the game for the Seminoles.
Seminole batters drew a tournament-record 13 walks in the victory.
For the second-straight game of the quarterfinals, the visiting team made some noise in the seventh inning. A walk, two hits, and two Seminole errors brought the tying run to the plate with two outs. Jessica Nori entered in the tough spot and got the final out to notch her fourth save of the season.
NC State's Emily Weiman allowed one run in 5.2 innings in relief.