March 9, 2010
BOCA RATON, Fla. — The No. 16 Florida State softball team defeated Michigan State, 7-0, Tuesday afternoon at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla.
With the win, the Seminoles (21-2) cap off an impressive five days on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in which they went a perfect 6-0.
“Overall I am very pleased with how we played down here,” FSU head coach Lonni Alameda said Tuesday. “Sarah Hamilton and Terese Gober really did well in the circle and we swung the bats well. We now have to get focused on opening conference play this weekend.”
Before FSU welcomes ACC foe North Carolina to Tallahassee this weekend, Hamilton pitched another gem on Tuesday against the Spartans.
The Tallahassee native won her 11th-straight game for the ‘Noles, tossing six innings and allowing just three hits. She struck out 10 batters. Gober replaced her in the final inning and struck out one without giving up a hit.
Florida State put two runs on the board in the first inning to build an early lead.
Wynn started the game with a walk and then Jackson – with the help of a Michigan State throwing error – sent her home with a single. A batter later, Ahrberg’s sacrifice fly plated Jackson.
After Jackson got on base again in the third, Lapicki pushed it to a 3-0 score with her double off the left field wall.
The Spartans threatened that lead in the bottom half of the inning by loading the bases with two outs. Always calm in the circle, Hamilton got out of the jam without damage as she forced a ground out to third base.
MSU may not have put any runners across but the ‘Noles did just a few minutes later.
This time it was Wynn as her double down the left-field line gave FSU a 4-0 advantage when McConn scampered from second all the way home.
In the sixth, Tiffani Brown and Wynn singled to put runners on the corners and Jackson once again found a way to change the scoreboard. Her slow-rolling hit down the right line forced her out but it was enough to push Brown home from third and Wynn to second.
Haddad’s double then plated Wynn to make the score 6-0 and force a Spartans pitching change.
Ashley Stager’s RBI single up the middle then scored McConn in the seventh for a 7-0 lead.
After back-to-back tournaments on the road, the Seminoles now return home to open conference play against North Carolina on Saturday.