Feb. 17, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – On the final day of the Seminole Classic, Florida State split its two games with a 4-1 win over UAB and a 3-2 loss to Michigan State Sunday on JoAnne Graf Field at the Seminole Softball Complex. The Seminoles were crowned the runners-up of the tournament with a 2-2 record throughout the weekend.
The Seminoles scored the first run of the game in the top of the third against Michigan State which was answered by a Spartan run in the next inning. With the scored tied at one apiece, FSU was able to regain a one-run lead as an RBI single from Allison Collins scored Jessica Gilmore from third.
Florida State would hold the 2-1 lead until the Spartans’ last at-bat in the seventh. With two outs and the bases loaded, Michigan State’s Kristen Aidem scored on a fielder’s choice to tie it up at 2-2. Sophomore Kelly Confer pinch hit for Michigan State and knocked a single into center field to bring the third run home and clinch the victory for the Spartans.
Taking the loss for Florida State was Terese Gober who is now 2-3 thus season. Gober allowed six hits, three runs (only one earned) and struck-out four Spartans.
“Overall I think we lost two games that we should have won this weekend,” Florida State head coach JoAnne Graf said. “We are a young team and we made a few key mistakes.”
Despite the loss in Sunday’s first game, Florida State was able to turn it around and defeat UAB 4-1 in game two and finish second overall in the tournament.
Earning her first win as a Seminole was freshman pitcher Sarah Hamilton who pitched a complete game against the Blazers. The Tallahassee, Fla., native allowed only five hits and one run this afternoon while notching an impressive 11 strikeouts.
“I think Sarah pitched a great game and was very consistent today,” Graf said. “She pitched a complete game and keeps getting better every time she’s thrown. She did a really good job and I’m proud of her.”
The Seminoles were out to a 1-0 lead after three complete innings with senior Whitney Buckmon scoring off a double hit by freshman Ashley Stager. UAB answered that run in the top of the sixth to tie the game with three outs left for FSU.
A single into right field from Brittany Osmon and a walk to Robin Ahrberg put runners on first and second with one out on the board. Next up for the Seminoles was junior Michelle Snyder who was hitting .333 coming into the game. With the count at 2-1, Snyder got a piece of the fourth pitch and sent it over the right field wall sending Osmon and Ahrberg home. Snyder’s three-run homer is her first of the season and secured the win for Florida State.
At the end of the three-day Seminole Classic, Michigan State went undefeated at 4-0 while Florida State, Jacksonville and UAB all finished 2-2 and Bethune-Cookman closed out the weekend at 0-4.
Seminole Classic All-Tournament Team
Shae Bass (P)
Bianca Mejia (SS)
Caitlin Mahoney (DP)
Heidi Purtzer (1B)
Kara Weigle (C)
Traci Nicosa (3B)
Whitney Buckmon (CF)
Jessica Gilmore (C/LF)
Allison Collins (DP)
Ashley Stager (SS)
Katie Kelly (2B)
Jackie Samuels (P)
Holly Krzan (SS)
Andrea Rogers (C)
Leigh Walker (2B)
The Seminoles hit the road on Tuesday, Feb. 19, to re-match with Jacksonville in their first doubleheader this season before jumping into conference play on Feb. 23 as they host North Carolina at home.