Feb. 14, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 19/23 Florida State softball team improved to 4-1 on the season with a 2-1 win over Mercer and 8-1 win over Bowling Green in the final day of the Sunshine State Classic at the Seminole Softball Complex.
Senior pitcher Terese Gober earned the two victories on Sunday for the ‘Noles.
In the first game of the day against the Bears, Gober entered the circle as relief for Sarah Hamilton with the game knotted at 1-1 before FSU earned the 2-1 win. Gober them pitched a gem later in the day against the Falcons, tossing six innings and giving up just one hit and one run while striking out six.
“We like to use our one-two punch,” FSU head coach Lonni Alameda said about the Gober-Hamilton combination. “Terese came in today in a certain situation for Sarah and there will be times in the future where it will be Sarah that comes in for Terese. They know that and they like to feed off each other.”
In the bottom of the third inning against Mercer, sophomore Shayla Jackson and redshirt junior Robin Ahrberg got singles and Ashley Stager walked to load the bases. But the Bears escaped the inning unscathed when senior Monica Montez went down on strikes to end the inning.
The Bears put an end to a scoreless ballgame in the top of the fifth. With the bases loaded, Sarah Stukes singled through the left side to bring in one run before Hamilton was able to get one more out and conclude the inning.
In the bottom half of the inning, Jackson provided some excitement when she knocked a laser down the left field line. The impressive hit was then followed up by nice base-running and a display of speed.
As the ball rolled to the wall after Mercer left fielder Holly Oglesbee dove in an attempt to make a play, Jackson rounded second base and was waved home by Alameda before sliding across the plate for an inside-the-park, game-tying home run.
Gober came on in the seventh inning with a runner on third base and two outs. The senior from McDonough, Ga. quickly retired the batter in the high-pressure situation with three straight strikes.
A few minutes later, Mercer’s Stacey Condra’s fielding error on a fly ball to center got Tiffani Brown all the way to third base with no outs.
Intentional walks of both Carly Wynn and Jackson juiced the bases and Ahrberg’s game-winning single to centerfield scored Brown for a final of 2-1.
For the game, Hamilton tossed six and two-thirds innings, giving up four hits and five walks while striking out 10.
Runs may have been hard to come by against the Bears, but in the final game of the Sunshine State Classic against Bowling Green it was apparent very early that scoring wouldn’t be an issue.
Florida State got three first-inning runs thanks to a two-RBI shot by Stager and an RBI-single by senior Tory Haddad. Wynn’s double off the left field wall an inning later brought Morgan Bullock home after the true freshman had stolen second base after a bunt single.
Karmen Coffey got the Falcons on the scoreboard in the third inning with a solo homerun that sailed just past Wynn’s outstretched glove above the center field wall.
But FSU got those runs right back later in the inning. First, Kristie McConn’s double scored Stager to put the ‘Noles back on top 5-1 and then sent McConn home with a single for a 6-1 advantage.
The ‘Noles then padded their lead in the fourth inning behind Stager’s RBI triple and Haddad’s RBI single gave FSU an 8-1 score it would hold until the end.
“We are figuring out what works best with the lineup,” Alameda said. “It’s a good start and I am happy with the way everyone gave strong effort all weekend. Everyone was into it in the dugout and on the field and that’s good.”
The Seminoles will play their first road game of the young season Wednesday but they won’t have to travel very far to do so.
Florida State will play on the campus of Florida A&M against the Rattlers at 6 p.m.