March 18, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The No. 19 Florida State softball team dropped a 1-0 decision in nine innings to Auburn Thursday afternoon at the Seminole Softball Complex.
Junior Sarah Hamilton is credited with the loss but the Tallahassee native certainly didn’t pitch in such a way that resulted in FSU’s fifth defeat of the year. No, Hamilton pitched one of the best games of her career, allowing just four hits, no earned runs and shattering her career record for strikeouts in a game with a whopping 20.
Her previous career high was 15.
“I was hitting my spots really well today,” Hamilton said. “My change-up was working and the defense was really playing well. It’s easy to pitch strong when the defense is playing that way. It just didn’t go our way.”
The Seminoles (24-5) registered 10 hits in the loss but stranded 12 runners on base. On the opposite side of things, the Tigers (16-9O) left just two on base.
In the bottom of the seventh, Stager hit a single to center field and then advanced to second on an error. Wynn then drew a walk and moved to second on an error to put two runners in scoring position.
Unfortunately for FSU, Brown’s strikeout and Jackson’s pop out to the second put the inning to a close and extended the contest into extra innings.
Auburn put a runner on first base in the top of the eighth and nearly added another.
Stager’s fantastic over-the-shoulder catch effectively ended the inning without any damage from the visiting team.
In the ninth, Auburn scored the winning run after an error by Brown at third. On the play, Kristie McConn tried to pick off a Tigers runner following an infield single but Brown dropped the ball and it allowed the Tigers to score.
“When it gets late in the game like that sometimes it comes down to who is going to get a hit or who is going to get an error first,” said Hamilton, who had a no-hitter going into the seventh. “Unfortunately it didn’t go our way today. We just have to shake it off and go forward.
“It’s a long season.”
Florida State will now compete in the USF The Game Tournament starting on Friday. The Seminoles match up with Texas Tech at 6 p.m. in Clearwater, Fla. to get things started.