March 21, 2010
CLEARWATER, Fla. – The No. 19 Florida State softball team took down Syracuse, 3-0, Sunday morning and then had to cancel its game against South Florida due to inclement weather in the Clearwater, Fla. area.
The Seminoles (27-5) leave the USF The Game Tournament with a 3-1 record after the outcome over the Orange.
In the victory, junior Sarah Hamilton was fantastic in the circle. The Tallahassee native pitched a complete game and allowed just two hits and no runs. She fanned 11 Orange batters.
Hamilton even had a no-hitter going until the top of the fifth.
Hamilton found herself in a jam in the fourth after she hit back-to-back batters. But with two on base and just one out, she got out of the inning by striking out two batters in a row.
Brown got the ‘Noles first hit of the game in the bottom of the fourth when she outran a bunt to first base. Senior Tory Haddad then walked to put two on base with one out. After Mallory Borden went down swinging, Brown took third base on a throwing error by the Syracuse catcher.
Brown then flew home and slid in for the first run on a wild pitch a few minutes later. Another Orange miscue resulted in FSU’s second run a batter later when Haddad came across the plate on a play in which the Syracuse third baseman committed an error trying to field Ahrberg’s hit.
In the sixth, Haddad drew a walk and was replaced at first by Morgan Bullock. After the speedster stole second base, Ahrberg sent her home with a two-out RBI single to left field that increased the FSU lead to 3-0.
The Orange started the top of the seventh off with a triple off the center field wall.
The Seminoles next play at the University of Georgia on Wednesday at 5 p.m.