April 30, 2008
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Florida State took an early lead but would fall once again to No. 6 Michigan on Alumni Field with a heartbreaking 8-4 loss, slipping to 36-25 on the season. Despite the loss, the Seminoles were able to score more runs off of Michigan than any team since the Wolverines gave up four to Wisconsin on April 11.
In the second game of the doubleheader it would be the Seminoles who started off the scoring in the top of the first with lead-off hitter Carly Wynn singling to the second baseman, followed by a sacrifice bunt by Whitney Buckmon to move up Wynn one base. With one out, Jessica Gilmore grounded out to second and would advance Wynn to third as sophomore designated player Robin Ahrberg stepped up to bring in the RBI with a single to right field.
Michigan would answer with a run of its own in the first, tying it up at one apiece. No runs would score in the second but Florida State would take control of the third inning as the Seminoles scored two runs off Michigan pitcher Nikki Nemitz.
Freshman Kristie McConn reached on a fielder’s choice and would score off a double to center from Wynn to pull ahead 2-1. It would be Wynn who scores the third run for FSU as Buckmon grounded out to the first baseman for the second out of the inning. Gilmore reached on a single to the shortstop but a ground out to Nemitz from Ahrberg would end the third for the Noles as they take the 3-1 lead over Michigan.
But the Wolverines could not be contained as they once again answered Florida State in the bottom of the third to tie it up at three apiece. A single to McConn put the lead-off batter, Alessandra Giampaolo, on base and she would advance to second on a sacrifice bunt. It would be Michigan power hitter Samantha Findlay whose 19th home run of the season cleared the bases and scored two for the Wolverines.
With the score tied at three, Michigan ran away with the fourth inning and scored five earned runs off of Terese Gober before she would be relieved by junior south paw Melissa May. Gober gave up 11 hits, eight runs, two walks and struck out three in 3.1 innings pitched. With the 8-4 loss to Michigan, Gober is now 10-11 on the season with a 3.17 ERA.
Florida State would score just one last time in the top of the fifth as Wynn picked up her third run of the game on a Buckmon double to centerfield. Wynn led the Seminoles going 2-for-4 with three runs and one RBI. She also tops the team with a season average of .372 after 61 games.
With the regular season now closed, Florida State will travel to College Park, Md., on May 8-11 for the 2008 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships hosted by Maryland. The Seminoles, who were voted to finish tied for third in the preseason poll, clinched the third place spot after sweeping the three-game series with NC State over the weekend. Live coverage of the championships will be available through streaming video on www.ACCSelect.com.