March 16, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The No. 19 Florida State softball team defeated Florida International two times Tuesday evening on JoAnne Graf Field.
The Seminoles (24-4) won game one by a score of 8-3 and then followed that with a 7-2 victory over the Golden Panthers (18-5).
“I was really pleased with both games tonight,” FSU head coach Lonni Alameda said. “We got production and help from the entire dugout, which is good to see. Everybody contributed to the wins from top to bottom. It was good to see some relief for (Sarah) Hamilton and Terese (Gober).
“Dale (Townsend), Morgan (Bullock) and Lauren (Varsalona) did a great job coming in there to pitch.”
In the first game, Hamilton pitched three full innings for her 12th win of the season. In her brief amount of work, the junior standout struck out four and walked just one while giving up three hits and two runs.
Varsalona also pitched three full innings; her season high. She allowed one hit and posted two strike outs before being replaced by Bullock in the final inning.
Offensively, Monica Montez tied her career high with three RBIs on 2-of-3 hitting. Brown, who posted a game-high three hits, added an RBI and Jen Lapicki, Tory Haddad and Courtney Rosen all batted in a run each.
Carly Wynn registered a game-high three runs, which tied her career high. The Seminoles cracked 10 hits in total.
In the second game, Gober improved to 12-2 by pitching four innings and allowing four hits and one run with six strikeouts.
Townsend then made her first appearance as a Seminole. The true freshman from Live Oak, Fla. was impressive in the circle, tossing three innings and allowing just two hits and one run.
She also struck out three FIU batters.
Shayla Jackson and Lapicki led the ‘Noles on offense, pounding two RBIs apiece. Wynn also had an RBI.
“We did a great job tonight swinging the bats,” Rosen said. “And the defense played great and so did the pitchers.”
FSU built an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first in the opening game of the doubleheader. Wynn reached base on a bunt single and then Tiffani Brown did the same thing before Jackson mashed a single to left field.
On the play, Wynn rounded third and scored on a fielding error by the left fielder. Brown scored a few minutes later on an illegal pitch by FIU to make it to 2-0.
After Haddad and Robin Ahrberg walked, Montez’s double down the right field line scored two for a 4-0 Seminole advantage.
After FIU added a run in the top of the second, FSU got that back and then some.
Once again Wynn and Brown got on base to start things off. This time, it was Lapicki that was responsible for an RBI hit as her single plated Wynn for a 5-1 score. Haddad’s RBI single then pushed it to 6-1 as Brown dashed home.
The duo of Wynn and Brown was at the heart of some more scoring in the third. Brown’s infield single was enough to score Wynn from third base. The RBI single made it a 7-2 game since the Golden Panthers had recorded a solo homerun in the top half of the inning.
In the second game, Florida State juiced the bases in the bottom of the first.
Haddad stepped to the plate and hit a ball back to the pitcher that was quickly thrown to the catcher. On the double play attempt, the first baseman dropped the throw from the catcher and Jackson made it all the way in from second for a 1-0 FSU lead.
A walk by Ashley Stager and back-to-back infield hits by Rosen and Bullock loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the second. Wynn smacked a hard-hit single off the second baseman that scored Stager.
Brown then reached on a fielder’s choice that resulted in the second out but then Jackson singled to score Wynn and Bullock from second and third, respectively.
A batter later, Lapicki punched a double down the left field line that sent Brown and Jackson home for a 6-0 score. It then moved to 7-0 when FIU mishandled a hit by Haddad in the infield and Lapicki scored.
FIU added runs in the fourth and seventh innings.
The Seminoles have another midweek home game on Thursday as Auburn comes to town for a contest at 3 p.m. FSU then travels south to Clearwater, Fla. for the USF The Game Tournament, Friday through Sunday.