Feb. 10, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
On the first day of the 2007 season the No. 25 Florida State softball team was overpowering teams with its offense. The Seminoles used some small ball, getting only three hits but using great defense and pitching, to get into the championship of the Seminole Classic as they defeated Radford 2-1 on Saturday (February 10).
Florida State continued its unblemished 2007 campaign as it moved to 3-0 on the year. The Highlanders dropped to 1-2.
Getting the victory in her first collegiate game was freshman pitcher Terese Gober (McDonough, Ga.) as she threw a complete game. The right-hander gave up just one run on two hits with seven strikeouts and three walks. Taking the loss was RU’s Ashley Taylor as she dropped to 0-2.
With only two hits on the board through six innings, the Seminoles managed to get the winning run across without the aide of a hit. Shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) started the frame with a walk before moving up to second on a Brittany Krbec (Orlando, Fla.) sacrifice bunt. A wild pitch moved Alicart to second then she broke for home on a ground out by pinch hitter Jessica Gilmore (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) and beat the throw to the plate for the go ahead run. Gober issued a leadoff walk to start the seventh but retired the next three batters to get her first collegiate win.
Keeping up the trend from the first two games, Player of the Year candidate Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) got the scoring started in the bottom of the first. The two-time All-American led off with a walk and followed with her fourth stolen base of the weekend to advance to second. A LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) sacrifice moved Wootson to third then designated player Robin Ahrberg (Stillwater, Okla.) looped a single to left field to plate the first run.
After three perfect innings, Radford got its first run off Gober in the top of the fourth. The Bulldogs batted around but could only muster on run on a double by Cassie Rhodes.
Florida State will move on to play Samford in the Seminole Classic championship game at 6:30 p.m. FSU opened the tournament with a 13-5 win over the Bulldogs.