May 2, 2010
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Tory Haddad registered the game-winning homerun and the No. 22 Florida State softball team came back to win 2-1 Sunday at Virginia in the final regular-season ballgame for both clubs.
Trailing 1-0 in the top of the seventh, Haddad stepped to the plate after Jen Lapicki’s one-out double and blasted the first pitch she saw over the center field wall.
Senior Terese Gober, who came on in the sixth in place of starter Sarah Hamilton, then got out of a jam in the bottom half of the seventh to preserve the victory that consequently earned the Seminoles (41-15, 12-9 Atlantic Coast Conference) a third-place finish in the ACC.
“Today we talked about coming out and responding to certain situations,” FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “We hit the ball hard all day today but things just weren’t falling. You can get frustrated at the end of year when that happens but they kept fighting. Sarah and Terese kept battling and this is a good way to head into the conference tournament.”
Outside of Haddad’s dinger, Sunday’s matchup was quite the pitcher’s duel.
Hamilton went five and 2/3 innings while giving up one run and six strikeouts. Gober posted her 21st win of the year by striking out two and giving up just one hit in one and 1/3 innings of work.
Virginia (33-20, 13-7) busted up the scoreless ballgame in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single.
FSU entered the do-or-die top of the seventh inning looking to make something happen. After McConn lined out to the shortstop, Lapicki hit her double and the rest, as they say, is history.
“I just went into the box thinking I had to do something to help my team,” said Haddad, who leads FSU with seven homeruns but hadn’t connected on one since March 14. “I am happy the way it worked out. Now we just have to take this momentum into the ACC Championship.”
While Sunday’s contest marks the end of the regular season, the year is far from over for the Seminoles. FSU will next play in the ACC Championship in Blacksburg, Va. before learning of its seeding in the NCAA Tournament.