April 16, 2011
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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (seminoles.com) – The Florida State University softball team received a sensational performance from junior Shayla Jackson as it swept Boston College in a doubleheader, winning 7-1 in game one and 11-4 in game two on a chilly afternoon in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Jackson set several personal marks in leading the Seminole (25-21, 7-7) offense throughout the day. In game one, the Pembroke Pines, Fla., native finished 4-for-4 with a career-high five RBIs, which included a game-breaking grand slam in the third inning. Jackson’s four base hits also marked a career-high for her and a team high this season. In game two, Jackson added three more RBIs in what was a superb offensive display from the talented slap hitter. She even had an outfield assist in the second game to throw out a runner attempting to advance to third base.
Altogether, Jackson finished the day with seven hits in eight at-bats.
The day’s biggest highlight came from senior pitcher Sarah Hamilton (15-13) as she recorded 14 strikeouts while allowing just three hits in a complete game victory in game one. The Tallahassee native overpowered the Eagles (11-24, 5-8) at times and then used her off-speed repertoire to fool the Boston College offense.
Hamilton’s record-breaking 940th strikeout came on a 1-2 pitch against Alisa Kooistra in the fourth inning when she got her to swing at a ball in the dirt.
After some adulation from her teammates, Hamilton remained focus and mowed down the opposition. She had one of her most dominating performances of the season while her offense backed her up well. Hamilton now has 947 career strikeouts, eight more than Tiffany McDonald’s now second-best mark of 939.
FSU’s offense kept clicking in game one, outhitting B.C. 12-3. FSU also got tremendous late-inning production, scoring all seven runs with two outs. Celeste Gomez and Morgan Bullock had the other multiple-hit performances, with Gomez going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Bullock added two singles and two runs scored.
Both teams made threats to score in the first inning but came away empty. Tiffani Brown and Jackson led off with consecutive base hits for the Seminoles, but Brown was caught stealing going to second base. FSU had runners on second and third base with two outs when Ashley Stager stepped to the plate. Stager hit a sharp liner to second base to end the top of the first.
Boston College responded in the bottom of the first with three walks issued by Hamilton. After loading the bases with one out, Hamilton proceeded to strike out Gemma Yipparila and Maria Pandolfo to leave the inning unscathed.
FSU produced three runs in the second inning, all with two outs. Jackson stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and took a 3-1 pitch through the right side for an RBI single. Jen Lapicki and Robin Ahrberg then recorded consecutive bases loaded walks to extend the lead to 3-0.
In the bottom of the second, B.C. scored a run when Nicole D’Argento grounded out to Stager at shortstop to drive in Alana Dimaso from third base. The run was unearned for Hamilton due to Dimaso reaching second base on a fielder’s choice bunt that pulled Brown off the bag while trying to cover.
Jackson ripped a first-pitch offering from reliever Allison Gage over the right center wall for a two-out, grand slam in the third inning to make it 7-1. It marked Jackson’s fifth RBI of the day, a career high that ties Lapicki for the team high this season after Lapicki produced five runs on Feb. 12 against UNC Greensboro.
In game two, B.C. got a run in the first when Tory Speer hit an inside pitch for a bloop RBI single to centerfield, making it 1-0. FSU responded with two runs on three hits in the third inning when Jackson registered a run-scoring groundout and an error by shortstop Alana Dimaso off the bat of Lapicki brought in another run.
Game two was put out of reach when FSU recorded a five-run fourth inning. Bullock started the outburst with an RBI single up the middle, followed by an RBI single to left field by Brown. Jackson then came through yet again with a two-run single through the right side and later scored on a failed rundown by the Eagles.
Courtney Senas then added her third home run of the season on a big fly to centerfield, making it 8-1. FSU recorded 14 hits in game two to back up Jessica Nori’s (5-4) solid performance in the circle. Kristie McConn also added a pinch-hit RBI single in the seventh.
The Seminoles return tomorrow for an 11 a.m. matchup against Boston College. With inclement weather in the forecast, stay tuned to Seminoles.com and @FSU_softball on Twitter for any game updates.