Softball Eagles Topple No. 25 Florida State; Fall to Appalachian State on Friday
March 1, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Freshman pitcher Kaitlin Wilson froze Courtney Senas on a full count in the bottom of the seventh to get Southern Miss a win over No. 25 Florida State on Friday in the Renegade Classic held at JoAnne Graf Field.
In the nightcap, Southern Miss got an early lead but were unable to keep up with the Appalachian State bats who scored three unanswered runs to win 6-4.
Caroline Walker led the team at the plate on Friday, going 3-for-8 and knocking in the deciding run against FSU.
The victory over FSU was the first road victory over a ranked foe since the Golden Eagles accomplished the feat in the 2010 season opener, also against FSU - then ranked No. 19 - also by a 2-1 score. Current graduate assistant coach Courtney Ramos got the victory in the circle for the team as a sophomore.
Southern Miss is back on the diamond tomorrow for day two of the Renegade Classic. They will take on Troy (6-8) at 8 a.m. CT before tournament play begins in the afternoon. Seeds and times for those games will be decided at the conclusion of round robin play in the morning.
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Southern Miss kept their scoring-first trend going, getting a 1-0 lead in the fourth as Caroline Walker led off the inning with a triple into left field to extend her hit streak to seven games. One batter later, Morgan McKeever got a ground out to the right side, deep enough in the field to allow Walker to trot in for the score.
The Seminoles answered back in the bottom of the frame with a pair of hits including an RBI double from Morgan Bullock to the gap in the left center. FSU threatened to add another run on the play, but a relay from Madison Edwards to Walker to Taylor Beck at the plate erased the run and kept the game at 1-1.
In the fifth, Walker gave the Golden Eagles the lead yet again, singling through the right side with two-outs and runners at first and second, bringing Michelle Stringer in for the 2-1 lead.
Southern Miss threatened to add another run in the sixth on Beck's leadoff triple, the first three-bagger of her career, to center field but FSU's Monica Perry, in for relief of starter Lacey Waldrop, got the next three Golden Eagles to fan to end the inning.
From that point on, freshman pitcher Kaitlin Wilson took over, giving up just one hit in the sixth but inducing three ground outs, a fly out, and two strikeouts including the closer, the full-count looking strikeout, to get the victory.
Wilson (4-4) worked her fifth complete game of the season and allowed just four hits and one run while walking and striking out five batters. Waldrop (4-3) suffered the loss, giving up three hits and two runs in five innings of work.
Back-to-back doubles to lead off the game from Walker and McKeever opened the three-run first inning for the Golden Eagles. Five batters later, with two outs, Stringer hit a liner up the middle to knock in another run followed by Kristen Franson's bloop single to left field that resulted in her first career RBI.
Beth Dietrich gave up three walks in the top of the second, working herself into a jam, but got lead-off batter Dani Heichen swinging to end the threat.
Appalachian State answered back in the third, getting three runs on four hits including a two RBI double down the left field line from Alex Sohl to tie the game at 3-3.
The Golden Eagles rallied back to retake the lead with a Danielle LaPointe single up the middle, bringing in Sarah Evans from second. Evans bunnyhopped over the ball in front of the shortstop Sohl to allow for the play to continue.
A lead-off double from Kristen Terry to begin the fourth ended Dietrich's day, ceding the game to Wilson who came in and got a strike out and a line out, but a Golden Eagle error on a deep fly ball allowed Terry to scoot in to tie up the game.
ASU took their first lead of the game in the sixth as Lindsay Loudermilk got a deep two-out double to center field, driving in a pair of runs, and giving the Mountaineers a 6-4 lead, a lead they held on to for the win.
In his relief outing, Wilson (4-5) suffered the loss, allowing four hits and two runs in four innings of work.