Feb. 7, 2009
AUSTIN, Texas – Whatever Florida State ate for dinner did wonders as the Seminoles hit three home runs in the 10-5 win over Stephen F. Austin in the second semi-final game on McCombs Field at the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational Saturday night. The win advances Florida State to the championship game against Texas at 12:30 p.m. EST.
Junior Monica Montez put FSU on the board in the first off a single up the middle hit by redshirt senior Jessica Gilmore. With Gilmore on, sophomore Ashley Stager stepped up and cranked her first home run of the season over left center, scoring two runs.
Batting in the sixth spot was Stager’s classmate Kristie McConn who made it to first safely on a fielding error by the third baseman. Sophomore Mallory Borden would also reach first and advance McConn to second when SFA was unable to execute a fielder’s choice.
With two runners on, senior Michelle Snyder was up and entered the evening with just one hit after three games. That stat would change after the third baseman knocked a three-run round-tripper over the leftfield wall to give FSU the 6-0 advantage heading into the second inning.
Overall, the Seminoles batted through the lineup in the first inning with two home runs and six runs scored, three of them earned.
The Ladyjacks would not score at the top of the second as the Noles started the bottom half at the top of the lineup with junior Carly Wynn. Not one to be left out of all the fun, Wynn swung at the second pitch and sent it over right center for the third homer of the game that would force SFA to make a pitching change. Florida State was now up 7-0 heading into the third inning.
Stephen F. Austin was on the board after three complete innings and the score would hold at 7-1 until the fifth when new Nole pitcher, sophomore Lauren Varsalona, gave up two three runs, two of them earned, closing the gap to 7-4. But FSU answered in the bottom of the inning with three earned runs to once again pull away.
Varsalona would give SFA its final run of the game in the sixth before Sarah Hamilton was called in to close out the seventh.
Credited with the win for Florida State was junior Terese Gober who is now a perfect 3-0 this weekend and gave up just one earned run on three hits in three innings pitched.
Wynn once again led the offensive attack along with Stager and Snyder who all went 2-for-4 in the bug 10-5 win. One of those hits for Wynn was a triple to start off the game for the Noles.
Florida State recorded 11 hits, 10 RBI and struck out nine batters against Stephen F. Austin and will play for the tournament title on Sunday against tournament host Texas at 12:30 p.m. EST.