March 13, 2009
FULLERTON, Calif. – Friday the 13th lived up to its reputation as an unlucky day as the No. 24/25 Florida State softball team fell 1-0 in an eight-inning game against No. 21/24 Fresno State at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif., on Friday afternoon. The Seminoles slip to 18-8 on the season while the Bulldogs improve slightly to 14-9.
Junior ace Terese Gober was impressive in the circle for FSU, striking out 10 batters while giving up no runs on five hits with one walk in seven innings. The McDonough, Ga., native was credited with the loss when Fresno State managed an unearned run in the bottom of the eighth inning off a hit by Mallory Perkins that scored Kaylan Pollard.
Freshman Shayla Jackson worked hard on offense for the Noles, going 3-for-4 with one strikeout and stealing a base. Sophomore Mallory Borden also picked up two hits with junior Monica Montez and senior Michelle Snyder each recording one apiece.
The infamous International tie breaker was used in the eighth, placing the last batter from the seventh inning on second base for each team. Sophomore Ashley Stager would be that runner for FSU and would advance to third on a sacrifice bunt by Borden. But a groundout to third and another to first would give the Bulldogs a chance to take the win.
The first batter for Fresno State drew the only walk from Gober all day to put runners on first and second. A fielding error by Seminole catcher Kaleigh Rafter loaded the bases with no outs and was immediately followed by a hard hit ball to Snyder that allowed the winning run to cross home plate.
The Noles are now 0-3 at the tournament as they face Bowling Green tomorrow, Saturday, March 14, at 2:00 p.m. eastern at the Judi Garman Classic.