April 4, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The No. 16 Florida State softball team fell to Maryland, 6-2, Sunday afternoon in College Park, Md.
The setback marks the end to FSU’s (33-7, 6-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) seven-game winning streak as the Terrapins (21-15, 1-7) earned their first conference victory of the season.
“Today will hopefully serve as a learning experience for us,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda, whose squad got to play in front of the Seminole Club of Baltimore over the course of the weekend. “Sometimes things don’t go your way and you have to adjust. We just have to bounce back from this and get after it again when we get back out on the field.”
Junior Sarah Hamilton got the nod in the circle. The Tallahassee native tossed three complete innings, allowed two earned runs, struck out two and walked just one before she was replaced by senior Terese Gober to start the fourth inning.
Gober was then replaced later in the inning by junior Lauren Varsalona, who would throw one and 1/3 of an inning. Varsalona allowed just two hits and gave up no runs in that span before Hamilton reentered the game in the bottom of the fifth.
Hamilton pitched the remainder of the game and finished with a stat-line of four and 2/3 innings of work, two earned runs, five strikeouts and one walk.
The Terrapins struck first on Sunday when Alex Shultz’s RBI triple rolled to the left field wall and plated Kathy McLaughlin for an early 1-0 advantage.
A second triple an inning later by Courtney Kane then made it 2-0. That lead then extended to 3-0 on a fielding error by the Seminoles.
Stager’s sacrifice fly to deep center field in the fourth made it a two-run ballgame as Shayla Jackson jogged home to make it 3-1. The Seminoles would load the bases in the inning but unfortunately couldn’t trim the deficit any further.
The Terps opened the game up in bottom half of the fourth by reeling off three runs to make it a 6-1 ballgame.
FSU’s next contest will take place in Orlando against UCF on Wednesday at 5 p.m. The Seminoles then return to conference action by welcoming NC State to town for a three-game series beginning April 10.