March 14, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 16 Florida State softball team fell in 11 innings, 5-4, to No. 18 North Carolina Sunday afternoon at JoAnne Graf Field.
The Seminoles (22-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) had tied the game at 4-4 thanks to a three-run sixth inning but the Tar Heels (18-5, 2-1) jumped back on top in the top of the 11th and FSU was unable to avoid its fourth loss of the year.
“Obviously we aren’t happy with a loss and with the fact that we are now 1-2 in the ACC,” FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “But we were very pleased with the fight we showed all weekend. North Carolina’s Danielle Spaulding is very good at what she does and we never gave up against her. We had the chance to learn a lot about ourselves over the weekend and we will just move forward now.”
While Spaulding got the win for UNC Sunday, senior Terese Gober got the loss for the n’Noles in the circle. Gober moved to 11-2 on the season, pitching seven innings against Carolina and allowing four runs on five hits.
She had three strikeouts and two walks.
Junior Sarah Hamilton also pitched four innings and gave up three hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
North Carolina had eight hits and Florida State had six.
“We had some chances out there but we couldn’t push some runs across with two outs,” senior Carly Wynn said. “We just have to keep working on that and get ready for the next game.”
North Carolina didn’t waste any time changing the scoreboard in the northeast corner of JoAnne Graf Field.
With two runners on, Ally Blake connected for a three-run blast over the centerfield wall to make it 3-0.
Haddad’s solo blast over the left field wall then trimmed the deficit to 3-1 an inning later.
FSU may not have scored in the third, fourth or fifth innings but a little excitement in the sixth.
First Ashley Stager drew a walk and then reached second base on a failed pickoff attempt. Then, Tiffani Brown struck out but scampered to first on a passed ball and Stager dashed to third. A batter later, Lapicki crushed a three-run home run for a 4-3 Seminole lead.
The Tar Heels put runners on first and second in the top of the seventh as Spaulding came to the plate with two outs. Carolina’s ace pitcher delivered, driving home the game-tying run with a single to left field.
Hamilton then finished off the inning with a strikeout thus keeping the score at 4-4.
In the bottom half of the seventh, Kristie McConn got plunked with two outs to put a runner on. Shayla Jackson then singled but the Seminoles couldn’t avoid extra innings as McConn was tagged out at third on Stager’s grounder.
Stager may have gotten the final out in the seventh but in the eighth she just may have saved the game. With a runner on second base and two outs, her miraculous grab of a line drive prevented what would have likely been an RBI single by Kelli Wheeler.
UNC threatened in the top of the 10th inning with two runners in scoring position but Gober struck out Brittany Robinson.
After FSU was unable to score despite jamming the bases with two outs in the bottom of the 10th, Carolina’s Wheeler broke the deadlocked score with a homerun to right field.
Florida State returns to action Tuesday night with a doubleheader against Florida International. Game times are 5 and 7 p.m. at the Seminole Softball Complex.