April 26, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In game two on Saturday, NC State fought back from its loss earlier to take a 3-0 lead heading into the fifth inning. Never giving up, Florida State powered back to tie it up in the sixth and would go on to seal the victory with a late run in extra innings. The Seminoles improve to 35-23 and 11-9 in the ACC to clinch third place while the Wolfpack slips to 29-25 and 8-10 in the conference.
NC State would score first off a base hit in the third, and two runs would cross in the fifth on a single to Whitney Buckmon in left field. The Seminoles would not answer until the fifth.
Kelly Langston hit her first home run this season over the left field wall to bring the Seminoles within two in the bottom of the fifth. Closing the gap even further was Carly Wynn who scored on a sacrifice fly from Jessica Gilmore in the same inning.
The Seminoles would tie it up in the bottom of the sixth as Monica Montez reached first on a hit by pitch and would advance to second as Michelle Snyder reached base on an error by NC State’s second baseman. With runners on first and second, freshman Kristie McConn singled up the middle to bring Montez home and tie the score at three apiece.
With neither team scoring in the seventh, the game rolled into extra innings for only the second time this season for Florida State. In the top of the eighth, the Wolfpack had runners in scoring position with no outs, but would be unsuccessful in scoring and gave FSU a chance to clinch the win.
The Noles would do just that as McConn reached first on a hit by pitch, advancing to second on a single by Wynn with both moving up once more on the throw by NC State’s left fielder. With Montez on third and Wynn on second, pinch hitter Camille Garcia struck out swinging for the second out with Gilmore stepping to the plate.
Gilmore would hit a hard single to the Wolfpack’s short stop that would bring Montez home and with no outs on the play, Florida State would nab the 4-3 victory for its first doubleheader sweep since it took out Georgia Southern in two on March 26.
Sophomore Terese Gober would take the win, bringing her record to 10-11, with 11 strikeouts and only three runs (two earned).
Leading the weekend series 2-0, FSU will face NC State one last time on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. It will also be Senior Day at the Seminole Softball Complex and all the action can be followed on Game Tracker by logging onto www.seminoles.com or catch it live on www.accselect.com.