March 28, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 18 Florida State softball team completed the series sweep of Boston College Sunday afternoon at home with an 11-3 run-rule victory.
The Seminoles (31-6, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) exploded for 13 hits in the triumph over the Eagles (9-13, 0-3) and allowed just two hits.
“We earned three more conference wins that we definitely needed,” sophomore outfielder Shayla Jackson said. “We just came out today and hit the ball well all game long.”
A day after pitching her second-career no-hitter, senior Terese Gober earned another win. On Sunday she tossed four complete innings, gave up just two hits and allowed three runs.
She also struck out six.
Junior Sarah Hamilton entered the game in the top of the fifth and struck out two without allowing any hits.
On the offensive end, junior Kristie McConn guided the Seminoles with a game-high three RBIs on 2-for-3 hitting. Senior Monica Montez and Jackson also had two RBIs. Montez was 2-for-2 on the day and Jackson was 2-for-3.
Tory Haddad and Lapicki reached base with two outs in the bottom of the first inning and Ahrberg officially got the Seminoles on the board. Her single on the right-field line plated Lapicki to give FSU an early 1-0 advantage.
A batter later, Montez’s shot through the left side sent Haddad home from third and moved Ahrberg to second base.
Following a Boston College homerun, Jackson’s triple in the second put a runner on base and Lapicki registered an RBI with a single to left field that made it 3-1.
That lead ballooned to 5-1 in the third inning.
With the bases loaded and no outs, McConn smacked a double to center field. The scoring hit sent both Ahrberg and Montez home and put Ashley Stager and McConn on third and second, respectively.
After Stager crossed the plate on a passed ball, both McConn and Morgan Bullock raced home on Jackson’s infield single. On the play, an error by the Boston College first baseman led to Bullock’s run, which made it 8-1 with no outs on the scoreboard.
Haddad’s sacrifice fly to center field then scored Jackson for a 9-1 Seminole lead.
The Eagles trimmed the deficit to 11-3 with a two-run fourth inning. But FSU got each of those runs back in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings. The game ended when Montez was plunked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth.
FSU continues its ACC slate on Saturday with a trip to Maryland to face off against the Terrapins. Game times are 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.
“We just have to keep the momentum that we have built going,” Jackson said. “We can’t take any opponent lightly and we have to stay focused on getting better every day.”