March 12, 2009
FULLERTON, Calif. – No. 24/25 Florida State dropped its first game at the Judi Garman Classic to No. 2/3 Washington, 4-1, on the Anderson Family Field at Cal State Fullerton. The Seminoles are now 18-6 as they head into their second game of the day against No. 8/9 Oklahoma at 6:30 p.m. EST later today.
The Seminoles got into a rough situation early in the first as junior Terese Gober loaded the bases on back-to-back hits followed by hitting Alicia Blake with one out. A pop-up to Ashley Stager was followed by a fielder’s choice that forced the runner out at home, leaving the bases juiced with two outs. Gober would throw her first of three strikeouts to Morgan Stuart to get the Noles out of the inning safely.
Florida State reached base for the first time in the bottom of the second but not score as Stager was hit by a pitch for the fifth-time this year. The sophomore would be thrown out trying to steal second as a fly-out to center from Mallory Borden and a swinging strikeout by Kristie McConn would end the inning.
The game opened up for FSU in the bottom of the third as the Noles scored the first run of the game thanks to a single up the middle by freshman Shayla Jackson that advanced runners to second a third. It would be an error on the Huskies’ centerfielder that would score Michelle Snyder and give FSU the slight 1-0 advantage.
Washington would answer that run with a big fourth inning. Sophomore Sarah Hamilton entered the circle for Florida State in the third and would give up three earned runs on two hits in the fourth as Washington took the 3-1 lead.
The tying run was walked-in by Hamilton while the remaining two scored on an RBI single by Ashlyn Watson that fell deep to left field.
Transfer Lauren Varsalona relieved Hamilton in the fifth and would strikeout two and give up one hit. In the top of the seventh, Varsalona struggled and gave up two hits, one a double that scored the final run for the Huskies, with no strikeouts.
Picking up the loss for FSU was Hamilton, now 6-3 with a 1.28 season ERA. The winning pitcher for Washington was Danielle Lawrie who is an impressive 16-1 this season with her only loss coming to No. 11 Georgia on March 8.
The Seminoles look to regroup as they face another Top 10 team, No. 8/9 Oklahoma, at 6:30 p.m. EST at the Judi Garman Classic. GameTracker live stats will be available on www.seminoles.com.