March 21, 2008
FULLERTON, CALIF. – Florida State was unable to pull off the win against defending National Champion, and No. 7 this week, Arizona, falling 13-2 in six at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif. The Seminoles have been unsuccessful in seven meetings with the 20-6 Wildcats as they suffered their second loss of the tournament and are now 24-11.
Juniors Jessica Gilmore and Michelle Snyder and sophomore Carly Wynn were able to get hits off of Arizona’s pitcher, Lindsey Sisk (10-1). Sisk would give up the first run to the Seminoles in the second after hitting Monica Montez with the bases loaded, scoring Robin Ahrberg. It was a single from Snyder in that inning that would bring freshman Ashley Stager home.
Despite their efforts, the Seminoles’ pair of runs would not be enough to overcome the five-run lead the Wildcats took in the first inning. FSU pitcher Melissa May started the game with a walk that was followed by two singles to load the bases with Arizona heavy-hitter Stacie Chambers stepping to the plate. Chambers had six home runs and a .324 average entering the game and would get her seventh homer as she swing for the fences on the first pitch to notch her second grand slam of the season.
May gave up five earned runs on five hits and walked two before sophomore pitcher Terese Gober would be called from the bullpen in the top of the second. Arizona’s No. 7-ranked offense would not be tamed by Gober who gave up nine hits, eight runs (seven earned), walked three and struck out seven.
Florida State is now 1-2 this weekend with the next game slated for later today against No. 18 Washington at 3:30 p.m. PST. The overall series between the teams is tied at four wins apiece, but the Seminoles took the 3-1 win over the Huskies at last year’s Judi Garman Classic.