April 24, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 20 Florida State softball team split Saturday afternoon’s doubleheader with No. 6 Georgia Tech at the Seminole Softball Complex.
It was a tale of two games for FSU (39-13, 10-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) as the Seminoles fell to the Yellow Jackets (42-8, 15-2) in the first contest by a score of 14-1 before taking a 6-2 decision in the second one.
“I think our pitching came together a little better in the second game,” FSU head coach Lonni Alameda said. “They are obviously a great hitting team so they took advantage in the first game. We had good, timely hitting in the second game and executed better and that was the difference in a game between two good ball clubs.”
In the first game, senior Terese Gober got the start and tossed five innings. She gave up six runs but struck out nine batters. Junior Lauren Varsalona pitched two innings in relief and gave up three runs and rung up two batters.
Junior Sarah Hamilton started the second game and pitched five and 2/3 innings before Gober came back in. Hamilton struck out five and gave up two runs and Gober got the win while pitching one and 1/3 innings of scoreless softball.
Bullock had two hits.
After Georgia Tech’s Jen Yee belted a solo homerun in the top of the third, FSU found itself in a 1-0 hole to start the first game Saturday.
In the bottom half of the inning, Haddad started things off with a double to left-center field. Brittany Joseph replaced her on base and then advanced to third on Rosen’s sacrifice bunt.
Bullock then tied the game with a clutch RBI single up the middle.
Danielle Dike’s solo shot in the fourth recaptured the Yellow Jackets’ lead and then Hope Rush’s bomb extended it to 3-1 in the fifth.
Another Dike one-run homerun in the sixth made it a 4-1 ballgame before Kristine Priebe’s two-run double extended the lead. Georgia Tech would end up scoring five runs total in sixth.
In the second game of the doubleheader, neither team could muster much offense heading into the fifth inning. In that inning, FSU went up 1-0 when Bullock slid across home plate following a passed ball.
Bullock had reached base on a single and she was sent to third before the score by a double from Carly Wynn.
Unfortunately for the ‘Noles, Georgia Tech quickly got the run back when Kristine Priebe hit yet another solo homerun in the top of the sixth. Another solo blast by Dike then made it 2-1.
McConn then gave FSU the lead with a two-run double off the center field wall that plated Lapicki and Stager and sent Joseph – who was pinch-running for Haddad – to third.
Rosen then reached on a fielder’s choice bunt and Joseph slid home for a 4-2 advantage in favor of the ‘Noles. Bullock then scored McConn with a single to left field.
Jackson’s sacrifice fly to center field then made it a 6-2 ballgame as Rosen crossed home plate.
Florida State and Georgia Tech will match up one more time on Sunday at noon in what is the Seminoles’ final regular-season home game of the year. Fans are encouraged to come out and support the team as well as celebrate the careers of seniors Gober, Haddad, Rosen, Monica Montez and Wynn.