Feb. 23, 2007
COLUMBUS, Ga. –
Through the first nine games of the season, the Florida State softball team managed to hit only three home runs. The No. 20 Seminoles more than doubled their season total on the opening day of the 12th Annual NFCA Leadoff Classic, including two in their second game of the day as they beat Mississippi State 4-2 on Friday (Feb. 23).
The Seminoles became the first team in the conference to win ten games as they improved to 10-1. Mississippi State dropped to 8-4.
“This was a very good start to the tournament,” FSU head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said. “I was really pleased with the way we came back in the second game and started hitting. Both of our pitchers did a great job and we got the timely hits when we needed them.”
Staying perfect on the year was freshman pitcher Terese Gober (McDonough, Ga.) as she improved to a team-best 4-0. The righty gave up two runs on four hits with a career-high ten strikeouts and one walk. Taking the loss for the Bulldogs was Kelli Miller as she dropped to 4-2.
Two-thirds of FSU’s eight hits came from a trio of players as Player of the Year candidate Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.), shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) and left field Jessica Gilmore (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) had two apiece. Alicart was tops with her two RBIs while the four runs were all scored by different players.
Gober gave the Bulldogs their first two runs in the first as she hit back-to-back batters then gave up a single to give MSU a 2-0 lead. Florida State got back on the board in the second with a help of two Mississippi State errors. Catcher Brittany Krbec (Orlando, Fla.) reached on a bobbled ball by the second baseman then pinch runner Courtney Rosen (Sugarland, Texas) took third on a throwing error. Rosen scored FSU’s first run on a ground out by Gilmore.
The long ball accounted for the Seminoles next three runs. Designated player Robin Ahrberg (Stillwater, Texas) led off the fourth with a single. One out later, Alicart hit an opposite-field home run over the right field fence to give FSU the 3-2 lead. With one out in the fifth, Wootson hit her second home run of the day, a solo shot over the right field wall, to stake FSU to a 4-2 advantage.
The home run was the 20th of Wootson’s career, breaking her tie with Lisa Davidson for third in school history. Alicart also moved up on the FSU charts, tying Leslie Barton with the 14th dinger of her career.
After the first inning Gober was nearly unhitable as she only faced three batters over the minimum the final six innings and allowed only one runner to get past second base. She even showed she could field her position as she started a double play in the second inning.
The Seminoles return the South Commons Stadium on Saturday (Feb. 24) for a pair of games. First up is a 10:30 a.m. contest against Tennessee Tech, followed by a 1 p.m. affair with Seton Hall. A win over the Golden Eagles will put FSU in the gold bracket.