May 16, 2010
BLACKSBURG, Virginia — Playing in its Atlantic Coast Conference-best 14th league championship game, the No. 24 Florida State softball team fell to No. 7 Georgia Tech, 8-4, in Blacksburg, Virginia Sunday afternoon.
The defeat marks the second year in a row in which the Seminoles (43-16) lost to the Yellow Jackets (49-10) in the ACC Championship Game.
Junior Sarah Hamilton got the start in the circle but was replaced by senior Terese Gober in the third inning. Gober would toss four and 1/3 innings while allowing three runs before Hamilton reentered in the seventh inning.
Hamilton finished the game with two and 2/3 total innings. She gave up five runs on four hits.
Offensively, the Seminoles never stopped fighting and didn’t allow the Yellow Jackets to secure their third shutout in as many games in Blacksburg.
Ahrberg, Brown and Hamilton each earned All-Tournament Team honors.
“In our game yesterday against Virginia Tech and today against Georgia Tech we were able to put pressure on them late in the ballgame,” FSU head coach Lonni Alameda said. “We had some young kids step un in the lineup today and Georgia Tech is obviously a great-hitting team. We couldn’t keep their bats in check.”
The potent Georgia Tech offense needed just two innings to heat up. After getting two runners on, Kate Kuzma connected on a three-run homerun to make it a 3-0 game.
Another three-run inning in the third inning then extended that lead to 6-0 and then the Jackets made it 8-0 in the fifth.
Florida State put an end to a potential three-game sweep of shutouts in the sixth when Wynn blasted her solo shot off the right-field foul pole. Back-to-back singles by Brown and Jackson were then followed by an RBI double from Ahrberg.
Hero from the day before when her two RBIs beat Virginia Tech, Lapicki then crushed a double that scored two. The big play trimmed the Yellow Jackets’ lead to 8-4.
Sunday may have seen FSU lose but it certainly wasn’t the Seminoles’ final game of the year. Florida State is bound for the NCAA Tournament and won’t have to wait very long to learn of its seeding.
ESPNU will broadcast the selection show tonight at 10 p.m.