April 7, 2010
ORLANDO, Fla. — Sixteenth-ranked Florida State defeated Central Florida in a single game Wednesday evening in Orlando, Fla., 6-1.
Junior ace Sarah Hamilton earned the win for the Seminoles (34-7) at the UCF Softball Complex. The Tallahassee native pitched four complete innings against the Knights (22-17), didn’t give up an earned run, walked just two and struck out seven.
Senior Terese Gober replaced Hamilton in the bottom of the fifth and tossed two complete innings. Gober finished the contest with two strikeouts and just one allowed hit with no walks.
On offense, sophomore Shayla Jackson went 2-for-4 from the plate with three RBIs. Seniors Carly Wynn and Courtney Rosen and freshman Morgan Bullock also had an RBI each for a Seminoles team that posted seven hits and bounced back from last Sunday’s loss to Maryland.
“Coming off an ACC weekend where we won the series but dropped the final game, we had to regroup and we did that today,” FSU head coach Lonni Alameda said. “It was nice to see. We really stuck with our gameplan and our defense and pitching was very solid.”
Brown got things going for the ‘Noles in the top of the first with a single to left field. An overthrow by UCF’s Natalie Land from third to first on Jackson’s hit then allowed the speedy Brown to run home for a 1-0 FSU advantage.
In the second, junior Ashley Stager drew a lead-off walk and Rosen reached base to send her home. Bullock’s RBI single then made it a 3-0 ballgame as Rosen scampered home.
Wynn and Jackson’s RBI singles then extended the lead to 5-0.
It looked as though that large lead would be short lived, though. In the bottom half of the second, the Knights loaded the bases with no outs. But Hamilton answered and only allowed one run to score in the inning.
Florida State then added a run in the top of the sixth that made it 6-1. On the play, Jackson reached on an infield single but a throwing error by UCF allowed her to reach second.
The error allowed Wynn to score from second base.
In addition to Wednesday’s triumph, FSU got some more good news when Hamilton was named to the “Top 25 Watch List” for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award.
“It is great for `Hammy’ to be recognized across the country,” Alameda said. “She works really hard and is always focused on getting better and better. It’s definitely a team effort to keep her there and we are all very proud of her.”
After four games in a row on the road, the Seminoles return home this Saturday to face ACC foe NC State in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. The first game will be televised on the Sun Sports Network.
The ‘Noles and Wolfpack then match up again once more on Sunday at noon.