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FSU Softball Blanks Princeton to Open NCAA Tournament

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Florida State pitcher Jessica Burroughs opened last season’s NCAA Tournament with a no-hitter. She was unable to duplicate that on Friday night, but she didn’t fare much worse as the No. 4 national seed Seminoles opened the Tallahassee Regional with a 3-0 win over Princeton.

Burroughs allowed just one hit in six shutout innings while striking out eight and walking none. Meghan King pitched a perfect seventh to get the save for FSU.

The lone Princeton hit of the evening came in the first inning as Kylee Pierce singled off Burroughs. After Burroughs worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the first, the Tigers (25-19) did not get another base-runner.

Sydney Broderick and Anna Shelnutt each had two hits for the Seminoles (52-6-1) in the victory. Shelnutt doubled home Broderick in the second to make it 1-0 and get the scoring started.

The score remained until Morgan Klaevemann was able to score on a single by Alex Powers in the fifth. Broderick blasted a solo home run in the sixth to cap the scoring.

FSU with the win, moves to the winner’s bracket and will face Georgia, the regional’s second seed, on Saturday. The Bulldogs defeated Jacksonville State 4-2 on Friday. Jacksonville State and Princeton will meet in an elimination contest.

Mike Ferguson is the editor of The Daily Nole. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeWFerguson

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