Feb. 24, 2010
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Dodging rain drops all evening, the No. 18/22 Florida State softball team extended its winning streak to 11 games with an 8-0 victory over Jacksonville University.
The win – which occurred in a game that was called in the sixth inning due to deteriorating field conditions – also marks the sixth contest in a row in which the Seminoles’ (11-1) impressive pitching staff held its opponent scoreless.
“We did really well tonight,” FSU head coach Lonni Alameda said. “The pitchers really hit their spots out there. The weather wasn’t ideal but we practice situations with adversity and I was pleased with the way we handled the situation.”
Hamilton picked up her fifth win of the season in three innings of work. The Tallahassee native gave up just one hit and struck out five. She only walked one Dolphins (7-2) batter.
Senior Terese Gober replaced her in the fourth and struck out all six batters that she saw.
On the offensive side, team captain Carly Wynn paced the scoring onslaught with four RBIs on 2-for-4 hitting. Sophomore Shayla Jackson, senior Tory Haddad and junior Mallory Borden all had one RBI each for an FSU team that went 8-for-22 at the plate.
Florida State scored in the first inning for the ninth time this season as Jackson crossed home plate during Robin Ahrberg’s second-base steal attempt.
FSU’s 1-0 advantage was then in jeopardy in the bottom of the second when the Dolphins loaded the bases with just one out.
Showing her poise, Hamilton didn’t let the jam and a steady rainfall affect the scoreboard. The reigning ACC Pitcher of the Year escaped the inning without giving up any runs, forcing a pop-out and getting a strike out to retire JU.
In the third, FSU got two runners on base once again … and once again, got some runs out of it.
Florida State juiced the bases in the fourth inning as Borden came to the plate in place of Bullock. Playing in her hometown, Borden crushed a fly ball to deep center that brought Courtney Rosen in from third and pushed Kristie McConn to second and Ashley Stager to third.
After Brown got on base to reload the bases, Wynn sent a double screeching to left center on a full count. The impressive display of hitting emptied the bases and extended the lead to 6-0.
That lead then got padded even further in the fifth thanks to back-to–back two-out doubles.
First Stager got on with a two-baser and then Haddad sent her home with one of her own. The hit marked Haddad’s 11th RBI of the season as she pushed the game to 7-0.
FSU got its eighth run in the sixth when Wynn’s triple sent Borden home.
The Seminoles will next be in action on Friday as they open up tournament play at the NFCA Leadoff Classic. FSU will play against Illinois at 1:30 p.m. and then Southern Illinois at 6:30 p.m. before games on Saturday and Sunday.
All games will take place in Columbus, Ga. and can be followed online via Gametracker.