April 4, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In the first home ACC contest and first regionally televised game on JoAnne Graf Field Saturday afternoon, No. 21 Florida State swept the doubleheader against Virginia Tech, 6-0 and 3-2. The Seminoles improve to 26-11 and 5-3 in the league while the Hokies slip to 13-19 and 3-5.
Florida State commanded the field in game one, picking up six runs on five hits in a huge third inning. Getting things started was senior Kaleigh Rafter who scored the first run on a passed ball by Hokie catcher Amber Walker.
Five more Noles would cross home including sophomore Kristie McConn who picked up two hits and scored once in the third.
Picking up the win was sophomore Sarah Hamilton who gave up three hits, two walks and struck out eight. The Tallahassee native is now 10-5 on the season with a staff high 1.19 ERA.
The second game would be a close one as FSU took an early 2-0 lead once again in the third thanks to a Carly Wynn RBI single and Rafter RBI double.
Virginia Tech was determined to prevent the shutout in the fifth as a single to right field from shortstop Erin Ota plated centerfielder Jenna Rhodes. The Hokies would tie it up in the sixth thanks to a solo home run that just made it over the left field wall by Beth Walker, her third this season.
Despite their best efforts, it would be an error by the Hokie catcher that would allow what would be the winning run to score in the bottom of the sixth. Sophomore Ashley Stager picked up her second hit of the day and would advance to third on a sacrifice bunt by birthday girl Michelle Snyder and a fly out by Jessica Gilmore.
The Trinity, Fla., native would be sent home as the catcher made a wild throw to third baseman Charisse Mariconda in the pickoff attempt.
Terese Gober (17-6) was credited with the win in game two as she gave up two earned runs on seven hits to move her ERA to 1.35. The junior walked two batters and recorded seven punchouts against Virginia Tech.
The teams will meet again at the Seminole Softball Complex at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday to finish up the series. An FSU win would give the Seminoles their first ACC sweep this season and the game will be televised regionally on FSN-Florida. As always, live GameTracker stats will be available on www.seminoles.com.