Feb. 13, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – In the 101st meeting between the teams, Florida State defeated Florida A&M 9-1 at the Seminole Softball Complex on a cold and windy Wednesday night. The win, in a game that counted as a home meeting for the Rattlers, improves the Seminoles’ season record to 3-2 and propels the series record to 94-7.
“I think the weather conditions were rough on both teams,” Florida State head coach JoAnne Graf said. “We were able to get a hit early in the first inning and that put some pressure on FAMU. But I think both teams held up well in the cold.”
Securing the win for FSU was junior Melissa May who pitched the first 3.1 innings. May allowed only three hits and one earned run while walking two and striking out one.
Freshman Sarah Hamilton entered in the fourth after a line drive to May’s hand took her out of the game. Hamilton, credited with the save, pitched 3.2 innings allowing only two hits with no runs, two walks and struck out nine batters.
“Sarah really improved tonight from her first performance last weekend,” Graf said. “I was excited to see that since we are going to need her in the next few weeks.”
Leading the Seminoles in hitting was junior Jessica Gilmore who went 3-for-4 with two hits, bringing her season average to .368. Freshman Ashley Stager had a good night in the batter’s box going 2-for-4 with two hits, two RBI’s and one stolen base. Stager’s average of .438 is currently second on the team behind senior Whitney Buckmon who went 1-for-4 against the Rattlers.
Another freshman on the FSU squad had a big night at the plate. On the first pitch, Allison Collins cranked a solo home run over the centerfield wall in the top of the seventh to score the ninth run of the evening. That homer is the second for Collins who hit the first of the Early Bird Tournament against Southern Miss.
Florida State had 11 hits, nine runs and no errors in the victory over FAMU, which had one run, five hits and three errors.
The Seminoles are back in action this weekend as they host the Seminole Classic on February 15-17. Bethune Cookman, Jacksonville, Michigan State and UAB will all compete in this year’s tournament. Florida State’s first game Friday at 4:45 p.m. against Bethune Cookman.