Feb. 16, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The University of Southern Mississippi softball team closed out play at the 2014 Renegade Classic, falling to tournament host No. 13 Florida State, 12-0, in five innings at JoAnne Graf Field in Tallahassee, Fla.
Offensively, Southern Miss' bats were quieted by the pitching and defense of the nationally ranked Noles. The Golden Eagles managed just one hit in the game to avoid the perfect game. Morgan McKeever stepped to the plate with one out in the top of the fifth and lined a single into left center field to break up the no-hitter.
In the circle, true freshman Danielle Block tossed a complete game. The hurler worked 4.0 innings. She was charged with 14 hits in the game. Block surrendered 12 runs with just eight earned runs. The Phoenix, Ariz. native posted a strikeout and was charged with six walks.
Florida State jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first inning thanks to some Southern Miss miscues. The leadoff batter was able to reach base on a fielding error by the Golden Eagles. FSU's Courtney Senas tripled to right field, just out of reach of a diving Arielle Pollock to score the first run of the game. Block caught the next batter looking, notching a strikeout. A second fielding error of the inning extended the inning and plated the second run of the game. Florida State moved a runner into scoring position with a stolen base and a walk gave the home team a pair of base runners. The Seminoles attempted a double steal, but the Golden Eagles were able to retire the lead runner for the second out. A pair of walks loaded the bases and a RBI single to left field plated a pair of runners, giving Florida State a 4-0 advantage, despite no earned runs.
The Seminoles increased their advantage with four runs in the bottom of the second inning. FSU scored four runs on four hits, highlighted by a three-run home run by Briana Hamilton.
Florida State scored two more runs in the third and the fourth. The Seminoles used three hits in the third to score three runs, while using four hits in the fourth to manufacture a pair of runs. Defensively, the Golden Eagles were able to turn a double play in the fourth inning with Shelbee Rodgers gunning down a runner from left field.
Southern Miss returns to action on Tuesday, Feb. 18 as the Golden Eagles play host to in-state rival Ole Miss in a doubleheader at the Southern Miss Softball Complex. The twin bill is slated to start at 3:00 p.m.