Softball cruises to ACC quarterfinal win

The Florida State softball team won a 16th straight ACC Tournament game, taking a 7-0 win over Georgia Tech on Thursday afternoon in a quarterfinal game.

Redshirt senior Meghan King (27-5) allowed just one hit over 6.0 innings with one walk and eight strikeouts.

“Any win right now is a big win, it doesn’t matter how it is done,” said FSU coach Lonni Alameda. “I liked the adjustments in game, and Meghan threw a great game for us. Quality double plays and big swings. Just a fun game today.”

FSU will play Notre Dame on Friday at 3:30 p.m. for a spot in Saturday’s championship game. Friday’s game will air on regional sports networks, while Saturday’s game will air nationally on ESPN.

A single by Dani Morgan in the bottom of the second inning was the only hit of the game until Georgia Tech’s Kaylee Ellebracht lined a two-out double to right in the top of the fifth.

Morgan opened the bottom of the fifth inning with a single up the middle and scored on Anna Shelnutt’s ninth home run of the season to center, giving FSU a 2-0 lead.

Cassidy Davis walked later in the inning and was pinch-run for by Deja Bush. Bush stole second and moved to third on a ground out, but was left stranded.

Back-to-back walks from Sydney Sherrill and Elizabeth Mason allowed Morgan to extend the lead to 5-0 with a three-run home run to left, her third hit of the game.

Shelnutt reached on a GT fielding error and was run for by Maegan Tomlinson. Zoe Casas entered the game and crushed a two-out, pinch-hit home run to make it 7-0 Noles.