March 24, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – On the same day they moved up to No. 19 in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll, the Seminoles defeated cross-town rival Florida A&M, 5-1, on JoAnne Graf Field Tuesday night. Florida State improves to 24-9 as the Lady Rattlers slip to 9-24.
Picking up the win was junior Terese Gober who came in for Sarah Hamilton and pitched three innings, striking out five and giving up just one run on two hits. Hamilton recorded a pair of strikeouts and gave up two hits before Gober entered in the third.
Freshman Shayla Jackson was monumental in the win as she recorded her first career home run. The in-park homer was good for three RBI as it nicked the foot of base runner Brittany Joseph and rolled into the outfield. The umpire called it fair as Monica Montez also scored on the play to push the Noles up 3-0 in the second inning.
FSU would go on to score two in the fourth thanks to a triple from Carly Wynn that plated Joseph. Wynn would go one to score the final Seminole run as senior Kaleigh Rafter hit a sacrifice fly to left right field.
FAMU scored its only run in the fifth as Rhiana Green singled to left, sending Raven Johnson home and preventing the shutout.
The nationally ranked Seminoles will travel to Troy, Ala., tomorrow for a single game against the Trojans at 5:00 p.m. EDT. GameTracker live stats will be available on www.seminoles.com.