With 2020 seeing no more spring sports, Lonni Alameda’s crew only played on 24 games, posting a 17-7 season record. The Seminoles had many great moments in the short season, including a perfect start opening weekend, five wins over ranked teams, and time spent in the St.Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational.
Let’s look back at the top 5 moments the ‘Noles had this season.
No. 5: Win No. 700 for Coach Lonni Alameda.
Pitchers Brianna Enter, Kathryn Sandercock, Bianca Cruz, and Kara Bilodeau pitched in 5 innings, allowing no runs from the Titans. Offensively, three Seminole batters were credited with 3 RBI’s each in the 12-0 win. This final game of the JoAnne Graf Classic was the game that took Coach Alameda to 700 wins.
With the win, Lonni Alameda has earned her 700th career win! pic.twitter.com/wXaIorJHiD— Florida State Softball (@FSU_Softball) February 9, 2020
No. 4: Record breaking 22-0 win against Detroit Mercy
This was the first matchup between the ‘Noles and Titans as the Garnet and Gold recorded a huge win. The scoring started when leadoff Kiersten Landers was able to get home. The Seminole 1st inning saw thirteen runs as the Titans saw the offensive lineup of the ‘Noles twice. For the 2nd inning, both Detroit Mercy and FSU got no runs across. But FSU was able to push the lead in the 3rd, scoring four more runs.
In the 4th inning of work was when the ‘Noles broke the record for most runs scored in a game. These five runs, capped off by a 2-run shot by Chloe Culp, to break FSU’s runs scored record (previously 20). FSU run ruled the Titans in 5 innings to get their first win of the day.
B4 22-0 FSU | SCHOOL RECORD! Chloe Culp hits a two-run HR to left center as the Noles set a school record with 22 runs in a game! pic.twitter.com/b6rbCbjFkj— Florida State Softball (@FSU_Softball) February 8, 2020
No. 3: Bounce back win against #23 ranked Baylor
After dropping the first game to the Bears, FSU was determined to get their second win of the Wooo Pig Classic. After allowing Baylor to score two in the 1st inning, Sandercock went to work for her squad. Her performance in the circle held off the Bears so Dani Morgan could cut the lead in half, scoring Devyn Flaherty with her triple into right field.
After Morgan’s RBI, FSU was able to push across two more runs to take the lead. FSU’s scoring continued in the 6th with Josie Muffley and Kaia LoPreste earning RBI’s. In the 7th, Sandercock finished the fight, allowing one run and getting the 5-3 win over the Baylor Bears.
T4 2-1 Baylor | TRIPLE! Dani Morgan puts the Noles on the board with a triple off the wall in right! pic.twitter.com/BvATMx0qWt— Florida State Softball (@FSU_Softball) February 29, 2020
No. 2: Elizabeth Mason walk off over #1 Alabama
Eight innings of great softball between FSU and Alabama came to an end when Elizabeth Mason called game. With the score tied against the top ranked Crimson Tide, FSU was able to get Seminoles on the base-paths in the 8th. Kiersten Landers reached on a single to the third baseman. Next Dani Morgan grounded out and Sydney Sherrill was intentionally walked. With Landers and Sherrill on brought up Elizabeth Mason with two outs.
Up against star Alabama pitcher Lexi Kilfoyl, Mason was able to win it for her team. The pitch on the outside corner was too much for Mason to resist. She hit a single just under the glove of first base, allowing Landers to score from her place at second. FSU won the showdown 8-7 over Alabama.
No. 1: Dani Morgan grand slam against #1 Alabama
After allowing Alabama to get off to a 5-0 lead going into the bottom of the 3rd, FSU found their offensive power. Tacking on one run in both the 3rd and 6th inning, was enough to post a huge comeback in the 7th.
Alabama had just gone to Krystal Goodman, replacing star Sophomore Montana Fouts. However, the ‘Noles were able to figure her out quickly. In order, Flaherty, Muffley, and Noah reached base safely. Having the bases loaded and nowhere to go but home, Landers poked a single past the shortstop to move everyone up 60 feet.
Allowing Flaherty to score from third made the score 7-3. With the bases full of Seminoles, no outs, and Dani Morgan next to bat, Alabama went back to Fouts. This moment was pivotal for the ‘Noles, as they were only down by four runs in the final inning. The pitch by Fouts hung over the plate just a little too long and Morgan was able to drive it out of the park. The ball left JoAnne Graf field in a hurry and FSU was tied with Alabama.