Feb. 17, 2012
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Junior Briana Hamilton’s two-out, towering grand slam in the second inning powered the Florida State University softball team to a 9-1 victory over Western Carolina in five innings on Friday evening at the second Seminole Classic.
With two outs and the bases loaded, Hamilton eyed an inside offering from Catamount starter Jordan Garrett and hammered the pitch over the left field foul pole to thoroughly break the game open. Hamilton, a Woodruff, S.C., native, has now homered in two consecutive games and has six round-trippers since donning the Garnet and Gold in 2011. Her four runs driven in were also a career high.
“Briana swings with a lot of confidence and had a real nice effort tonight at the plate,” head coach Lonni Alameda said. “I saw a lot of our players have real good trips to the plate, and I was also impressed with the way Monica (Perry) threw this evening.”
The Seminoles (6-0) are off to their best start since the 2007 season, receiving another fine effort in the circle from their depth-filled group of arms. Starter Monica Perry (2-0) picked up her second victory of the season after overpowering the Catamounts (2-3), striking out seven of her 14 batters faced. The Whitesburg, Ga., native now has 16 K’s in 14.2 innings pitched in the young season.
Perry allowed just one hit in four innings pitched while also surrendering a run. Freshman Bailey Schinella then came in relief and retired the side to end the 1 hour-30 minute contest.
FSU produced eight hits in the evening contest, with nearly every position starter earning at least one base hit in the game. Hamilton led the way with a 2-for-3 performance that also included a deep double to left center in the first inning.
FSU began its offensive showing in the first inning, as Shayla Jackson’s RBI single brought home Tiffani Brown for the game’s first run. Following a pulled double by redshirt freshman Maddie O’Brien, Jackson scored on an illegal pitch and catcher Erika Leonard singled to right center to make it 3-0. Kelly Hensley capped the first-inning scoring with a two-run single to right field.
FSU returns with two more games on Saturday afternoon at the second Seminole Classic at JoAnne Graf Field, starting with Coastal Carolina at approximately 12:15 p.m. followed by reigning NCAA Tournament participant North Dakota State at 2:30 p.m.