May 5, 2012
College Park, MD –
The 19th-ranked Florida State softball team (45-12, 16-4) split a Saturday doubleheader with the Maryland Terrapins and will look to capture the rubber game Sunday when the Seminoles close out the regular season. FSU can clinch the top seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament with a victory Sunday or a loss by the North Carolina Tar Heels who split a doubleheader with Boston College Saturday.
Florida State took game one of the twin bill 4-3 thanks to a late rally. Trailing 3-2 going into the sixth inning, FSU tied the game and then scored the eventual winning run by virtue of just one hit. The Seminoles sent eight batters to the plate but did all of the damage with one out in the inning thanks to a Tiffani Brown RBI and a Shayla Jackson bases loaded walk putting the Seminoles in front for good. That was all reliever Jessica Nori would need as the sophomore pitcher retired the final six Maryland batters in order in the sixth and seventh to seal the win and improve her record to 4-2.
In game two, Maryland pitcher Kendra Wright improved her record to 26-11 by limiting Florida State to just two hits in a 4-1 Terps victory. The teams were tied 1-1 heading into the bottom of the second but Maryland went up 3-1 and then tacked on another run in the fifth to secure the Saturday split. FSU freshman ace Lacey Waldrop allowed just two earned runs in six innings of work but was saddled with just her fourth loss of the season putting her record at 19-4.
The two teams will close out conference play Sunday at 12:00 p.m. in College Park. Florida State can clinch the top seed in the ACC Tournament for the first time since 2004 and wrap up the school’s 11th ACC regular season title with either a win or a Tar Heel loss. FSU has yet to lose a conference series in 2012.