April 14, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 16 Florida State softball team fell in both games of Wednesday night’s doubleheader to No. 3 Florida by scores of 8-4 and 9-2.
The first game of the two-contest set saw the Seminoles (36-10) set a new school record for attendance. The 933 patrons that saw the FSU-UF showdown, broke the previous park high of 912 fans that witnessed the ‘Noles defeat North Carolina in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament in 2004.
Junior Sarah Hamilton pitched all seven innings of the opening game against the Gators (32-4). Hamilton finished her outing with five earned runs, seven strikeouts and four walks.
In the second game, senior Terese Gober tossed five and 1/3 innings. Gober gave up 11 hits and seven earned runs. She struck out four and allowed just two walks. Junior Lauren Varsalona replaced her in the top of the sixth and gave up just one hit and had one strikeout.
Sophomore Shayla Jackson had two hits.
“We had a lot of opportunities; we just couldn’t capitalize on them,” FSU head coach Lonni Alameda said. “It’s good to test yourself against top opponents and we did that tonight. There are some good things that we saw today and we can just build off that as we move forward.”
The Gators benefitted from a big second inning in the first game by scoring four runs on four hits.
That total then ballooned to 7-0 in the third when Megan Bush’s three-run homerun sailed over the left field wall.
But the Seminoles were not out of it heading into the bottom half of the third. With Rosen and Bullock on second and first, respectively, Wynn’s one-out double to center field plated both to trim the deficit to 7-2.
A batter later, Brown’s single to right field scored Wynn, who motored all the way home from second base to beat the throw at the plate.
Still down 7-3 in the fifth, Rosen reached first after being hit by a pitched and then she advanced to second on Bullock’s groundout to shortstop. Wynn then flied out to right field and Rosen tagged up for third base.
But the throw from right field to third base was off and Rosen dashed home to make it a 7-4 ballgame.
UF later added one more run for a 8-4 final score.
In the nightcap, the Gators scored one run in the top of the first inning after an error in the field by the Seminoles. Bullock got that run back in the second when she outran a hit to second and Rosen dashed home from third to tie it at 1-1.
The Gators then recaptured the lead with a four-run third inning.
Jackson started the bottom of the fifth inning with a triple to center field. Lapicki then scored her with a sacrifice fly to deep center field that cut the FSU deficit to 5-2.
Florida scored four runs in the sixth to put the contest out of reach.
Next up for the ‘Noles is a return to ACC action. FSU plays at Virginia Tech this weekend, starting with a noon game in Blacksburg on Saturday.