March 31, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Using the momentum from a dramatic 4-2 win 14 innings over Maryland, the Florida State softball team put together its most complete conference game of the year to get a sweep of Saturday’s (March 31) doubleheader. Freshman pitcher Terese Gober held the Terrapins at bay all day and the Seminoles added five insurance runs in their last two at-bats for the 6-0 victory.
The Seminoles got their first ACC doubleheader sweep of the season and won game two of a doubleheader for the fourth time in a row as they improved to 4-4 in the ACC, 26-15 overall. Maryland dropped to 3-2 in the ACC, 19-12.
“Both of our pitchers were outstanding today,” FSU head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said. “To throw 14 innings was an amazing job by Tiffany (McDonald) and Terese was just as sharp. We only had to throw two pitchers today, but all three of theirs saw a lot of innings so that could be a big factor tomorrow. If we can get the offense going like it did in the second game and our pitchers continue to throw like they have been we can be a very good team.”
Getting the victory for the Seminoles was rookie hurler Gober (McDonough, Ga.) as she improved to 8-3. The right hander went the distance for the fifth time this year as she recorded the first shutout of her collegiate career. Gober gave up four hits with six strikeouts and four walks. She allowed only two runners to get into scoring position and none got past second. Taking the loss for the Terrapins was Abbey Welsh as she handed her first loss of the year to drop to 3-1.
Seventy-five percent of Florida State’s hits came from three players as designated player Monica Montez (Corona, Calif.), center fielder Carly Wynn (Sharpsburg, Ga.) and catcher Brittany Krbec (Orlando, Fla.) all had a pair. Montez crossed the plate twice and left field Jessica Gilmore (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) topped the team with three RBIs.
After needing 11 innings to score its last runs in game one, the Seminoles only needed to two frames to get their first run in game two. Gilmore was walked to start the inning and a sacrifice by second baseman Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) moved her up. A single up the middle by Krbec brought Gilmore around with the first run.
The Seminoles tacked on three insurance runs in the fifth with help from the Terrapins. Montez reached first on catcher’s interference for the second game in a row. Third baseman Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) was thrown out at the plate on Wynn’s double but it put runners on second and third. Shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) drew her second walk of the day and Gilmore cleared the bases with a double.
Just for good measure Florida State added two more runs in the sixth two make it 6-0. Krbec picked up her second single to start the frame and pinch runner Amanda Moore (Niceville, Fla.) stole second. A triple by Montez to the right-field gap scored Moore and Montez crossed the plate with the sixth run on a Wynn’s fourth double of the afternoon.
Florida State and Maryland wrap up the three-game series Sunday (April 1) in an 11:30 a.m. game that has been moved up a half hour.