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    Florida State Takes First Game of DH, 4-0

    March 9, 2013

    RALEIGH, N.C. - Florida State scored its first three runners in Saturday's ACC opener against NC State at the Dail Softball Stadium and held on to take a 4-0 victory in the first game of a doubleheader.

    The Seminoles took an early lead against sophomore righthander Emily Weiman, getting a leadoff double, a walk and a three-run home run by leftfielder Kelly Hensley, giving Seminole senior pitcher Monica Perry all the support she needed for the rest of the game.

    The Pack (11-6-1 overall, 0-1 ACC) kept putting pressure on Perry, however, putting runners in scoring position in every inning. In the end, however, State was unable to push a run across the plate.

    The Seminoles added an insurance run in the top of the seventh on Courtney Senas' solo homer. It was just the third home run given up this season by Weiman (10-5).

    "The top of the first inning was tough for us, but we played them to a one-run game from that point on," said first-year head coach Shawn Rychcik. "They hit a couple of long balls and that put us behind.

    "I felt good about the way we played the rest of the game. We kept battling and put the tying run at the plate in the sixth inning. We just couldn't get anything across."

    Sophomore shortstop Renada Davis led off the first with a walk, but was stranded at second. Senior Caitlin Dent doubled to start the second and moved to third on a wild pitch, but Perry struck out the side to end the threat.

    Freshman Lana Van Dyken singled to left field to extend her hitting streak to five straight games, but was erased on a fielder's choice by Davis.

    Tate doubled to lead off the fourth, but two strikeouts by Perry and a fly ball to right field ended the threat.

    Davis had a two-out double in the bottom of the fifth, but Perry struck out Grant for the third out.

    In the sixth, Perry walked Pack second baseman Chelsea Tate and Scout Albertson, bringing potential tying run Bethaney Wells to the plate. But she was the 10th batter Perry struck out on the day.

    "I was glad to see the way we were fighting in the batter's box," Rychcik said. "To me, that was encouraging. Their pitcher was on, but we made her work the entire game."

    First baseman Leah Jones looped a single to left field to start the seventh inning, but was erased on a fielder's choice grounder by Van Dyken. The game ended with a pair of pop ups to the FSU shortstop.

    The teams met in the second game of the doubleheader immediately afterwards.



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