April 19, 2009
RALEIGH, N.C. – For the second consecutive weekend, the No. 19 Seminoles pulled off a sweep over an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent as they shutout NC State 1-0 at Dail Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., on Sunday afternoon. Florida State’s overall record improves to 35-13 with an 11-4 ACC record while the Wolfpack falls to 20-23 and 3-12.
Picking up her 22nd win was junior pitcher Terese Gober who threw for 5.2 innings and gave up four hits and two strikeouts. She is now 22-8 overall with a 1.14 ERA and 172 punchouts.
Florida State started off strong in the first with back-to-back base hits from leadoff batter Shayla Jackson and Carly Wynn in the two spot. With top-hitter Kaleigh Rafter on deck it would seem as if the Noles would get at least one run across. But a hopper to third would result in a double play with Jackson and Rafter out, advancing Wynn to second.
The second inning would see the first and what would be the only run scored for FSU thanks to a Monica Montez RBI-double down the left line that plated sophomore Ashley Stager. The double was one of two hits for the junior outfielder who also picked up a single in the third.
Florida State got caught in a bit of a jam in inning three as the Wolfpack’s leadoff batter, Eliza Jacobellis, reached first safely after knocking a short hit to Gober. The Seminole pitcher would make a nice kneeling grab but her throw to first would just miss the mark, allowing Jacobellis to advance to second, followed by a wild pitch to place the runner on third with one out.
The fourth inning would play out much the same as NC State would get on base with a double and a hit batter. With runners on the corners, a swinging strikeout would get FSU out of trouble and maintain the 1-0 lead.
Sophomore Sarah Hamilton would relieve Gober with two outs and a runner on first in the sixth. The Tallahassee native was credited with her second save on the year as she allowed no hits with two strikeouts in 1.1 innings of work. Hamilton continues to lead the Seminole pitching staff with a 1.04 ERA and 211 strikeouts.
Florida State returns to JoAnne Graf Field for the last time this season as it hosts Virginia for senior weekend, April 25-26. Following that series, the Noles will face their final ACC opponent, Boston College, in Chestnut Hill, Mass., on May 2-3 before heading into the conference championships May 8-10.