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Best Start Since ’93 For FSU

March 7, 2010




Final Stats



BOCA RATON, Fla. – The 18th-ranked Florida State softball is off to its best start since the 1993 season after defeating Miami (Oh), 4-0, Sunday at the FAU Miken Classic.

The Seminoles are now 20-2 on the year as the outcome against the Redhawks keeps them perfect in Boca Raton, Fla.

“We have worked really hard to put ourselves in a good position going into ACC play,” FSU head coach Lonni Alameda said. “I think we are prepared in all avenues. We have been challenged. We have been up big and we have had to come back in ballgames. We have mixed pitchers and tweaked some things and we are confident as we move forward.”

Sarah Hamilton picked up her 10th win of the season by tossing four innings of four-hit softball. She struck out eight of the 15 batters she saw and didn’t walk anyone.

Senior Terese Gober pitched 2 2/3 innings and gave up just one hit with two strikeouts and Junior Lauren Varsalona pitched the game’s final out.

Offensively, sophomore Shayla Jackson led the way with two RBIs. She was aided by an RBI each from redshirt junior Robin Ahrberg and freshman Tiffani Brown. The Seminoles had 11 hits.

Mallory Borden made some great plays in the outfield and the bats came alive,” Alameda said. “We hit the ball at the right time and strung some hits together. I thought Sarah and Terese pitched a good ballgame today, too. That one-two punch was nice.”

The ‘Noles jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with two outs in the first inning.

After Jen Lapicki drew a walk, Ahrberg bounced a double off the left field wall that sent her home.

FSU then put runners on first and second in the top of the fourth inning as Kristie McConn doubled and Ashley Stager reached on an error. Brown then stepped to the plate and hit a shot up the middle that plated McConn for a 2-0 score.

Jackson got her two RBIs in the top of the sixth.

Stager drew a walk to start the inning and was then moved to second by a nice sacrifice bunt from Brown. After Carly Wynn singled and advanced to second on the throw, Brown slapped a single to right-center field that made it a 4-0 game.

FSU now has Monday off before taking on Michigan State on Tuesday at 2 p.m. before returning home.

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