March 18, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 22 Seminoles returned to Tallahassee after a week-long road trip to sweep a doubleheader against Jacksonville on JoAnne Graf Field on Wednesday, March 18. Both games were shutouts as the Seminoles improve to 22-8 with a 4-0 win in game one and a 10-0 run-ruling in game two.
Junior Terese Gober is now 14-5 after taking the win in game one. The righty walked one batter while striking out eight and just missed notching a no-hitter when Amber Moseley’s ball found a gap in left field.
The runs started coming in the third inning of game one for Florida State thanks to a three-run home run bomb shot over the left field wall, which nearly missed a passing truck, by senior Kaleigh Rafter. The round-tripper plated freshmen Amber Bryant and Shayla Jackson and is the catcher’s fifth this season and the 31st of her career.
FSU would score its final run in the bottom of the sixth as sophomore Ashley Stager single down the left side and stole a base to reach second. Junior Courtney Rosen pinch hit for Allison Collins and knocked a ball towards the pitcher but beat out the throw to first, allowing Stager to score. Rosen’s attempt to reach second resulted in an out, but not before the Noles went up 4-0 for the win.
The second-year Seminoles were monumental in the second game with Sarah Hamilton picking up her eighth win after giving up no runs on two hits with no walks and six strikeouts.
Florida State once again had a three-run inning to start things off, this time in the bottom of the second. The sophomores contributed to all three of those runs as Stager picked up her second single of the day and would be sent home when an error on the JU pitcher allowed Kristie McConn to reach first safely. A single by yet another sophomore, Brittany Joseph, plated McConn and a single by Jackson would send Collins around to score the third and final run of the inning.
But it would be a huge fifth inning that blew the game open for FSU as the home team scored a whopping seven earned runs on six hits.
Junior Carly Wynn followed Rafter’s lead from earlier in the night as she cranked a three-run homer far over left center to score Mallory Borden and Jackson and give the Noles enough runs to end the game in the fifth.
After two, FSU racked up 14 runs on 16 hits with two errors and 11 strikeouts. Gober now has 113 punch outs this season while Hamilton has 138.
The Seminoles will get some much-needed rest as they take an off weekend before another busy week that starts with a trip east for a doubleheader pick-up with North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla., on Monday, March 23 before returning to JoAnne Graf Field to host cross-town rival Florida A&M on Tuesday.
A pair of games against Troy and Georgia State in Alabama lead into more ACC action at Georgia Tech on March 28 and 29.