RALEIGH, N.C. – Top-seeded Florida State scored four runs in the third inning and cruised to a 7-1 victory over No. 5 seed North Carolina in the first semifinal of the 2016 ACC Softball Championship on Friday at NC State’s Dail Softball Stadium.
Meghan King pitched four innings in relief for ACC Pitcher of the Year Jessica Burroughs to earn the win for the Seminoles, while Jessica Warren shined at the plate going 2-for-3 with two runs and four RBIs. Morgan Klaevemann and Cali Harrod also went 2-for-3 and each contributed a pair of runs in the victory.
With the win, Florida State (47-8) advances to the Saturday’s Championship game, where it will face the winner of the second semifinal.
North Carolina threatened early when the Tar Heels loaded the bases in the top of the second with no outs. Burroughs got out of the jam and struck out three straight to retire the side.
A four-run third ignited the Seminoles’ offense. With the bases loaded and no outs, Ellie Cooper hit a sacrifice fly to send Korina Rosario home and Jessica Warren cleared the bases with a three-run home run before the inning ended.
North Carolina got on the board in the top of the fifth when Berlynne Delamora doubled down the right field line which sent Taylor Wike home. However, that would be the only run the Tar Heels would record for the game.
Cali Harrod led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a bomb to right center to push the Seminoles lead to 5-1. Back-to-back singles by Warren and Powers along with a sacrifice fly by Zoe Casas played in two more runs for Florida State.
Kendra Lynch (27-17) threw 5.0 innings in the circle for North Carolina (31-23) in the loss.
ACC fans will be able to watch all seven games of the championship as Thursday’s and Friday’s contests will be televised by the league’s Regional Sports Networks, and Saturday’s title game will be carried live on ESPN.
Daily tickets are available for $5 for adults and $3 for youth 18 and under. Students from an ACC school can enter for free with valid student identification. Tickets can be purchased online: http://theacc.co/sb16tix.
Parking for the 2016 ACC Softball Championship is free and available in the Coliseum Deck located on Cates Avenue across the street from the Derr Track & the Soccer Field. Patrons will need to park on the second level of the deck or higher by entering off Jeter Drive or Jensen Drive.