Feb. 20, 2008
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – In the first official road game of the season, the Florida State softball team swept a doubleheader against Jacksonville at the JU Softball Complex on Feb. 19. The Seminoles won game one 3-1 and sealed the sweep with a flawless 10-0 victory in game two. Now 11 games into the season, FSU stands at 7-4 while knocking the Dolphins to 6-8.
The winning pitcher in game one was sophomore Terese Gober who is now 3-3 on the season. Gober allowed only four hits, one earned run with two walks while striking out seven Dolphins.
The Seminoles scored the first run in the top of the second as senior Brittany Osmon pounded a homer over the right field wall, her second of the season. Osmon notched her first homerun in the Early Bird Tournament on Feb. 9.
The top of the seventh sealed the win for FSU as junior Michelle Snyder scored on a passed ball, advancing McConn to third. McConn would go on to cross the plate on a sacrifice to the right field from fellow freshman Ashley Stager.
The second game of the evening showcased a fierce Seminole squad, coming out strong and taking down the Dolphins 10-0 in five innings.
Leading FSU at the plate in the second game was sophomore Robin Ahrberg who went 2-for-3 and cranked out her first career home run as a Seminole. The two-run homer scored Allison Collins from second and kick-started the runs in the top of the second. Ahrberg scored a career-high three runs on two hits and three RBI’s in the victory.
“It’s an amazing feeling to finally get a home run,” Ahrberg said. “These two games against Jacksonville were key for us, especially since we lost to them last weekend. We came out tonight and showed them what Florida State is about. It felt good to win; for me and for the team.”
Junior Jessica Gilmore and senior Whitney Buckmon both went 2-for-3 in the win. Gilmore scored two runs and drove in one RBI while Buckmon recorded one run and two RBI’s. While Gilmore was able to steal a base from JU, Buckmon was caught trying to take second in her first at-bat of the game.
The winning pitcher in game two was freshman Sarah Hamilton who is now 2-0 this season. The Tallahassee, Fla., native adds an impressive eight strikeouts to her résumé while giving up just three hits in the shut-out in Jacksonville. Hamilton leads the pitching staff with a stellar 0.89 ERA after two complete games.
Jacksonville posted a hefty five errors in game two against Florida State. Two such errors happened in the fifth and last inning of the evening, allowing the Seminoles to score two runs. Dolphins’ pitcher Jackie Samuels would take the loss after allowing seven earned runs, eight hits and striking out only two.
The Seminoles will have a few days rest before hosting their first ACC competition on Saturday, Feb. 23, as they face-off in a doubleheader with North Carolina. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on JoAnne Graf Field at the Seminole Softball Complex.