Softball coach JoAnne Graf worried that her team would take a first-round matchup with lowly Long Island for granted. She told them not look ahead.
Junior pitcher Casey Hunter kicked things off in style, tossing a no-hitter in 4-0 win. Hunter struck out six and faced just three over the minimum. Only a pair of walks allowed Blackbird runners to reach base. And she was able to do it without her best stuff.
"Things went the right way tonight," she said. "It wasn't the best of days. I pitched sporadically. Some innings the curve was snapping and other the fastball was working."
Freshman second baseman Veronica Wootson set the tone, scoring three runs from her leadoff spot. Jessica van der Linden had a pair of RBI and Elisa Vasquez and Tatiana George each drove in a run for the Seminoles (58-9).
"The first game is what you worry about the most," said Graf, whose team exited after losing two straight in last year's NCAA tournament. "We were favored, they were not. We didn't want to take them lackadaisically. We really paid great attention to the game."
FSU faces Cal. St.-Northridge – 2-1 winners over Florida – at 3 p.m.