Feb. 21, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Seminole sophomore Sarah Hamilton dominated Indiana on Saturday night in the Seminole Classic, throwing a no-hitter to lead Florida State past the Hoosiers, 7-0. It was the first no-hitter in seven innings since Tiffany McDonald held Florida A&M hitless in a 5-0 win on February 9, 2007. The win moves the Seminoles to 10-3 this season and slides Indiana back to 1-8.
Florida State was on the board first in the third inning, recovering from a double play to score two runs as Carly Wynn singled and stole second. Wynn later scored on a Monica Montez double that went all the way to the wall in left center. Montez would later score on a single from Kaleigh Rafter on a 2-0 pitch which the senior lined back up the middle for her ninth RBI of the season.
Hamilton (4-1) got off to a hot start, striking out six in the first three innings. Hamilton was the benefactor of a sharp defensive play by shortstop Ashley Stager in the fourth to get out of the inning. After walking two Hoosiers, Indiana’s Samantha Berenter hit a slow roller to Stager, the Trinity, Fla. sophomore made a play on the run to retire Berenter to leave the Seminoles with a 2-0 lead.
The Seminoles added another run in the fourth when Jessica Gilmore hit a bouncer back up the middle that got by Indiana centerfielder Kelsey Stander, rolling all the way to the wall, scoring Mallory Borden. Florida State would later extend its lead to 4-0 after Michelle Snyder was called out for running outside of the base path giving Gilmore a chance to score from third. Borden would break the game wide open in the fifth with a three-run home run over the left center wall, the first of her career, driving in McConn and Stager to increase the lead to 7-0.
Hamilton experienced a close call to keep the no-hitter alive leading off the seventh with a Kelli Ritchison hot grounder to third. The play was made cleanly by Snyder, but the throw was mishandled by Brittany Joseph at first, the Seminoles’ only error of the night. Hamilton would complete the no-hitter by striking out Brittany Stein for her 15th punchout of the evening.
Overall, FSU went 9-for-26 with five RBI, four walks and just three strikeouts. Hamilton adds a season-high 15 strikeouts to her resume, leading the Seminole pitching staff with a solid 1.10 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 10 appearances.
Florida State will conclude play in the Seminole Classic on Sunday with two games – taking on UC Riverside at 3:45 p.m. and Michigan at 6:00 p.m. Both games will be available on GameTracker live stats by logging on to Seminoles.com.