Feb. 19, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The No. 20/23 Florida State softball team defeated Coastal Carolina and South Dakota State by a combined score of 16-0 Friday during the Seminole Classic at JoAnne Graf Field.
The Seminoles (6-1) defeated the Chanticleers 4-0 and then the Jackrabbits 12-0.
“The bats really came alive today,” FSU head coach Lonni Alameda said. “Every time you play a game you learn of new things to work on and then you can go out and practice them. I thought the pitching staff did a great job today.”
Gober got the nod in the ‘Noles opening game against Coastal Carolina and once again she was magnificent in the circle.
The McDonough, Ga. native pitched 6 and 2/3 of an inning and allowed no hits while striking out five and walking nobody in the shutout victory. With the win, Gober moved to 4-0 on the season.
South Dakota State was so baffled by the Seminole pitchers that it was held hitless.
Sarah Hamilton got the win in that ballgame, tossing four innings and striking out an amazing 12 batters with no hits and no walks. True freshman Morgan Bullock came on in the fourth and didn’t allow anything of importance.
On the offensive end, sophomore Shayla Jackson, junior Kristie McConn and senior Tory Haddad all had an RBI against Coastal Carolina. Redshirt junior Robin Ahrberg continued to show no signs of rust after a shoulder injury cost her the 2009 season and bashed a home run in the game.
Ahrberg then kept it going in the second game by going 2-for-2 with three RBIs. True freshman Tiffani Brown also got in the multiple-RBI action with two scoring hits of her own.
In total, the ‘Noles pounded nine hits against Coastal Carolina and 12 against South Dakota State.
“Today was a really good day for us,” Wynn said. “We executed and played our game. It helps when you have pitchers that can out there and dominate like ours did.”
Just like they did two nights prior against Florida A&M, the Seminoles got on the scoreboard in the first inning against the Chanticleers.
Wynn singled in the leadoff spot and then stole second base before advancing to third on the throw. Jackson’s RBI then brought her home for an early 1-0 lead.
Junior Kristie McConn added a run to that in the bottom of the fourth when FSU’s starting second baseman brought Stager to the plate from third base.
One pitch after Jackson was nabbed trying to steal second, Ahrberg blasted a dinger over the left field wall in the fifth to extend the ‘Noles’ lead to 3-0.
In the sixth, Haddad’s RBI single sent Stager across the plate once again. Up, 4-0 at that point FSU wouldn’t relinquish that lead as Gober retired two batters and Lauren Varsalona sent the final one to the dugout in the top of the seventh.
Against South Dakota State, Wynn once again accounted for a run to start the contest.
Wynn drew a walk and then stole second base before Jackson moved her to third base. Ahrberg’s sacrifice fly to right field then plated the Seminoles’ team captain for the 1-0 advantage.
And then the Seminoles went off in the second.
First Montez’s RBI single plated Haddad and Brown’s single then brought home Montez and McConn for a 4-0 score. Wynn’s triple accounted for the next FSU run as her hit sent Brown home.
A Jackson RBI sent Wynn home and Stager did the same with Jackson for the 7-0 lead. The Seminoles then moved the score to 8-0 when Haddad reached first on a South Dakota State error and Ahrberg crossed home.
An inning later, Brown reached first base on a bunt and Jackson doubled to center field. Ahrberg then doubled to bring both of her teammates home. Lapicki was then able to reward Ahrberg when her RBI single sent her home for an 11-0 lead.
Borden’s double off the center field wall was then good enough to score Britney Joseph in the fourth.
The Seminoles will play two games on Saturday; a game against Gardner-Webb at 12:15 and then another at 2:30. The second game’s opponent will depend on Friday evening’s Gardner-Webb vs. Coastal Carolina contest.
Both FSU games on Saturday will be available on Gametracker.