Feb. 11, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 19/23 Florida State softball team fell in its season opener Thursday night, 2-1, in the first game of the Sunshine State Classic against Southern Miss.
For the Seminoles (0-1), the loss marks the first opening-day setback since 2006. FSU is now 27-5 all-time in the first game of a new season.
Newcomer Jen Lapicki didn’t take long to make a mark with the Seminoles after transferring from Tennessee in the offseason. The junior from New Jersey got FSU on the board for the first time in 2010 with a third-inning RBI that brought senior Carly Wynn home.
Southern Miss then got two RBIs in fourth and never looked back despite a late charge by the ‘Noles in the bottom of the final inning.
“You don’t evaluate your games by wins and losses,” FSU head coach Lonni Alameda said. “You evaluate them by performance. I think we played the game hard tonight. We just didn’t get the breaks we needed today but that’s why you come out here and you play them. I am very proud of the girls.
“They did some good things and hit the ball hard.”
Junior Sarah Hamilton took the loss in the circle for FSU as the Tallahassee native finished the game with two earned runs, five strikeouts and just two walks in the contest.
Fellow ace Terese Gober also saw some action as she tossed three scoreless innings with six strikeouts and one walk.
In addition to Lapicki, sophomore Shayla Jackson, junior Ashley Stager and senior transfer Tory Haddad belted hits against the Golden Eagles. True freshman Morgan Bullock contributed her first stolen base as a Seminole and fellow first-year player Tiffani Brown started at third base.
The ‘Noles left eight batters on base.
Day two of the Sunshine State Classic is tomorrow with five games that get started at 10 a.m. FSU plays twice on Friday, with a matchup against Bowling Green at 12:15 p.m. and a game right afterwards against Iona at 2:30 p.m.
Both of those Florida State games can be viewed online as part of Seminoles.com All-Access.