March 10, 2009
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The No. 24/25 Florida State softball team upset No. 15/15 North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., to take the lead in the ACC with a 2-1 conference record. The Seminoles moved up a spot to 24th in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 and cracked the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 poll today at No. 25 and improve to 18-5/2-1 while the Tar Heels slip to 19-5/1-2.
“I’m very proud of the team today,” FSU head coach Lonni Alameda said. “Having the ability to come back from a tough emotional loss yesterday and regroup today to sweep a very talented North Carolina team is great.”
Getting the scoring started in the third inning of the first game for Florida State was junior Carly Wynn who hit a solo home run bomb over the right field wall on a 0-1 count with two outs and no runners on base. The round-tripper is her third this season and would not be the last of the day for FSU.
Joining in on the home run party was senior Kaleigh Rafter who led off in the top of the fourth and upped the run count for FSU after cranking one way over the left field wall, her fourth of the year, extending the Noles’ lead to 2-1 over UNC.
But it would be the three-run seventh inning that blew open the game for FSU as Wynn, Rafter and Monica Montez would all score back-to-back-to-back runs off a couple of hits, sealing the deal for the Seminoles as the Tar Heels would be held scoreless in the bottom of the inning.
Picking up the win in the 6-2 game one was junior Terese Gober who pitched her third complete game with seven innings of work. The right handed pitcher struck out six batters and gave up two runs, one of them earned, on six hits with no walks and one hit batter – UNC’s ace pitcher Danielle Spaulding.
Spaulding gave up three earned runs on four hits with three walks and 13 strikeouts in six innings before being relieved by senior Lisa Norris. Spaulding would suffer a wrist injury in her at-bat in the sixth after Gober’s pitch clipped her left wrist, which is also her throwing arm. Norris would give up three hits and three
unearned runs with no strikeouts or walks.
Florida State returned to Williams Field to dominate game two, holding North Carolina scoreless until the fourth inning. Sophomore Sarah Hamilton was strong in the circle through seven innings, striking out 10 Tar Heels while giving up just one earned run on 10 hits and one walk. The Tallahassee native improves to 6-2 this season with a 1.04 ERA to lead the FSU pitching staff.
Sophomore transfer Mallory Borden recorded the third home run in two games for the Noles after cranking one high over dead center. The solo homer is her second this season and scored the first run as the leadoff batter in the second inning. Borden led FSU as she was a perfect 3-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored in game two.
Wynn, Rafter, Ashley Stager and Jessica Gilmore rounded out the hits with Stager scoring what would be the winning run in the fourth.
The pair of wins for the Noles meant the first losses for the Tar Heels on their home field at Anderson Stadium this season. Next up for Florida State is the Judi Garman Classic hosted by Cal State Fullerton in California beginning on Thursday with No. t2/3 Washington at 2:00 p.m. EST. Live stats through GameTracker for all five games the Seminoles will play out in the west coast will be available on www.seminoles.com.