March 5, 2010
BOCA RATON, Fla. – The No. 18 Florida State softball team began play at the FAU Miken Classic Friday in Boca Raton, Fla. with an 8-0 victory over Eastern Michigan and a 6-3 triumph over host-school Florida Atlantic.
In both contests, FSU (17-2) – as has been its calling card all season – utilized precision pitching and timely hitting to secure wins.
Sarah Hamilton, who was named to the NFCA Leadoff Classic All-Tournament last weekend behind two no-hit performances, earned her eighth consecutive victory of the year against the Eagles.
FSU’s junior ace tossed five complete innings and allowed just three hits with no runs. She struck out eight batters and walked two.
Against a talented Owls squad, senior Terese Gober went the distance for her ninth win. Despite four FSU fielding errors, Gober allowed just three runs and struck out six batters.
Mallory Borden’s three RBIs paced the offensive effort against Eastern Michigan and Jen Lapicki had two of her own. Carly Wynn, Robin Ahrberg and Monica Montez all batted in a run as well against the Eagles.
In the night game against Florida Atlantic, Ahrberg and Lapicki had two RBIs apiece. Tory Haddad and Montez had the other two RBIs for an FSU team that pounded 10 hits.
“We swung the bats really well today,” Alameda said. “We have some things we need to clean up defensively but I am confident we can do that moving forward. In the second game we were able to answer when they scored. It was a fun day.”
In the EMU game, Wynn got on base for FSU in the bottom of the first with a single to left field. The ball was misplaced by the left fielder and Wynn raced to second before advancing to third on Jackson’s ground out.
A batter later, Lapicki plated the contest’s first run with an RBI double to center field.
Lapicki then advanced to third on a wild pitch and Ahrberg smacked the very next pitch down the left-field line that sent her home for a 2-0 lead.
The ‘Noles added another run in the second to make it 3-0 thanks to Wynn. With Montez on second base, FSU’s senior leader batted her home with sliding triple off the left field wall.
Two scoreless innings later, Wynn was once again in the middle of some Seminole scoring.
First the Sharpsburg, Ga. native reached first base with a nifty bunt single. Then, after stealing second, she raced home behind on Lapicki’s second RBI of the day, which occurred on a single to center field.
Ahrberg reached on a fielder’s choice, Haddad’s walk and Stager’s bunt single then juiced the bases for Montez. The Corona, Calif. native drew a walk to make it 5-0 and Borden’s pinch-hit triple cleared the bases and consequently ended the game due to the mercy rule.
Against the Owls, FSU got on the board in the third innings behind some nifty play in the infield.
Brown’s pure speed and bunt placement got her on base with a single first. Then Wynn reached on a hard-hit infield single.
After both players were moved to second and third by Jackson, Lapicki got her third RBI of the day when her hard shot to the second baseman plated Brown, who dashed home and dove around the would-be tag for a 1-0 advantage.
That one-run lead then changed to two on the first pitch of the fourth inning.
The reason? Haddad decided to blast her team-high fifth homerun of the year that may still be flying over the left field wall.
Florida Atlantic got a run in the fourth on an inside-the-park homerun and then put Gober in a jam in the fifth.
With runners on third and second and just one out, Gober got a strike out before a walk crowded the bases. She was able to escape, though, as Stager caught a pop-up for the final to preserve a 2-1 lead.
Ahrberg’s double that slammed off the center field wall started the sixth inning. After Ahrberg was replaced on the base paths by Courtney Rosen, Haddad was then able to get on base with a walk.
Joseph then replaced her at first and Stager’s sacrifice bunt moved her and Rosen to second and third, respectively. Montez then smacked a single through the right side that scored Joseph to make it a 3-1 ballgame.
Wynn’s double and Jackson’s single got two runners on in the seventh before Lapicki once again was responsible for updating the scoreboard. Her single sent Wynn home and Jackson to third before Ahrberg stepped to the plate.
The ‘Noles lead jumped to 6-1 when Ahrberg blasted a three-run shot over an FAU logo on the left field wall.
“We are getting great production from across the lineup,” Alameda said. “We have a lot of consistency and it’s coming from different spots. That’s key for any good ball club. You have to have one through nine (in the lineup) working.”
The Owls were able to cut into that with a two-run seventh before a Brown to Haddad defensive play ended the game.
FSU now plays Saturday morning against Connecticut at 9 a.m. The ‘Noles then play Michigan State at 11 a.m.