Feb. 13, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 19/23 Florida State softball bounced back in a big way from its opening-day loss by earning mercy-rule wins over both Bowling Green and Iona in the second day of the Sunshine State Classic Saturday on JoAnne Graf Field.
Two days after getting just four hits and a single run in a 2-1 defeat to Southern Miss, FSU (2-1) exploded for a combined 17 hits and 18 runs in victories over the Falcons (1-1) and Gaels (0-2). (FSU 9 BGSU 0 and FSU 9 IONA 1)
“We hit some lasers the other night against Southern Miss, they just didn’t fall,” FSU head coach Lonni Alameda said. “Today those shots fell and it worked out well for us in both games. It’s good to get in the win column.”
Gober fanned five batters in five innings and gave up just one hit against Bowling Green for her first win of the year. Hamilton then struck out 10 and didn’t walk a single batter in her five-hit, six innings of work against Iona.
Wynn, sophomore Shayla Jackson, redshirt junior Robin Ahrberg, senior Tory Haddad and junior Kristie McConn all had one RBI each against Bowling Green. Ahrberg and McConn posted two RBI each in the contest against Iona.
“How we are playing right now is what we expected,” Alameda said. “We just have to keep that going as we move forward.”
A passed ball and fielding error by Iona loaded the bases in the bottom of the first in the ‘Noles second game on Saturday. Senior Ashley Stager’s sacrifice fly to right field brought Jackson home and moved Lapicki and Ahrberg to third and second base, respectively with two outs.
After Haddad drew a walk to reload the bases one batter later, McConn came to the plate and laced a double to right center field that gave FSU a 3-0 lead. Another Iona error got true freshman Tiffani Brown on base a few minutes later and Haddad crossed the plate for a 4-0 Seminole lead.
The Gaels got on the board in the second thanks to an RBI double by Marisa Newman.
Florida State got that run back in the bottom of the third when Wynn’s two-out double brought true freshman Morgan Bullock and McConn home, making the score 6-1.
Once again the ‘Noles got some clutch, two-out scoring in the fifth inning. Ahrberg stepped to the plate with two down and sent Jackson and Wynn home with her second double in as many games.
Against Bowling Green in the earlier game Saturday, Haddad got things started by doubling to left center and senior Monica Montez drew a walk to put runners on first and second. McConn then singled and a fielding error by Bowling Green brought Haddad and Montez home.
Later in the inning, Wynn brought Brown home with an RBI single, pushing the FSU lead to 3-0.
Florida State then added to that total in the bottom of the fourth. After Ahrberg doubled to right field, Haddad drove her home with a clutch single to the right to move the score to 4-0.
Ahrberg extended the FSU lead to 5-0 in the fourth inning with a two-out double to the center field wall that plated Wynn. FSU’s senior captain then drew a bases-loaded walk in the sixth that made the score 6-0.
In just her second game as a Seminole after transferring from Tennessee, Lapicki blasted a three-RBI double that effectively ended the game due to the run-rule. Her impressive hit scored Jackson, Wynn and Brown.
Next up for the ‘Noles is the final day of the Sunshine State Classic. FSU will match up against Mercer at 1:30 p.m. and then play Bowling Green again at 3:45 in the final game of the tournament.