Feb. 13, 2007
STATESBORO, Ga. –
It took a few innings for the No. 22 Florida State softball team to find its groove offensively against Georgia Southern, but once the Seminoles got the bats rolling they were nearly unstoppable. FSU scored eight runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings on its way to an 11-2 decision over the Eagles on Tuesday (February 13) in the first game of a doubleheader.
Florida State remained undefeated on the year as it improved to 5-0. Georgia Southern is still searching for its first victory of 2007 as it dropped to 0-3.
Staying undefeated in the early season was rookie pitcher Terese Gober (McDonough, Ga.) as she improved to 2-0 with the five-inning performance. The right-hander gave up two runs on three hits with six strikeouts and three walks. Junior Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) threw the final two innings and gave up just one hit with three strikeouts. The freshman Gober ran into some trouble early as she surrendered two runs in the first inning, but settled down to allow no hits in her last four innings and allowed only one runner to get past second base. Taking the loss was GSU starter AJ Street as she dropped to 0-2. Eagle pitchers issued 10 walks.
All nine of FSU’s starters reached base at least once and three different players scored two or more runs, led by national Player of the Year candidate Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) as she tied a career high – set last weekend – by crossing the plate four times as part of her 1-for-3 with an RBI performance.
Catcher Robin Ahrberg (Stillwater, Okla.) was tops on the team with a trio of hits and four RBIs to go along with two runs scored. Right fielder LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.), shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) and first baseman Kelly Langston (Sopchoppy, Fla.) each had a pair of hits. Third baseman Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) scored a pair of runs.
The Seminoles wasted no time getting on the board as they took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. For the fourth time in five games, Wootson led off the first with a walk then stole second base. An Ahrberg sacrifice moved her to third and she scored FSU’s first run on a ground out by Alicart.
Georgia Southern responded with a pair of runs off Gober in its half of the first to take a 2-1 lead thanks to a pair of extra base hits. However, Florida State responded in its half of the third by sending eight batters to the plate en route to scoring three runs and taking a 4-2 lead.
Mimicking the first inning, Wootson reached first, this time on a single, then proceeded to steal second. Davis dropped down a sacrifice bunt to get Wootson to second and Ahrberg came threw with a single up the middle to tie the game at 2-2. One out later, left fielder Monica Montez (Corona, Calif.) drew a walk to put runners on first and second then designated player Kayla Collins (Niceville, Fla.) poked a single up the middle, for her first collegiate RBI, to score Ahrberg and move Montez up to third. The third run of the inning came across as Montez and pinch runner Courtney Rosen (Sugarland, Texas) pulled off a double steal.
Aggressive base running gave the Seminoles their fifth run of the day. Snyder started the fourth inning with a walk then went from first to third on a flair to right field by Davis. The sophomore beat the throw home on a ground out to the pitcher by Ahrberg to push FSU’s lead to 5-2.
A bit of patience led to four more runs in the top of the fifth inning. The Seminoles drew four walks in the inning, including free passes to Wootson and Davis with the bases loaded to score Montez and Langston. Ahrberg drove in her third and fourth runs of the game with a single that plated Snyder and Wootson to make it a 9-2 contest. Three-straight doubles by Davis, Ahrberg and Alicart in the seventh scored Wootson and Ahrberg to complete the scoring.
The two teams are back on the field for the second game of the doubleheader.