March 19, 2010
CLEARWATER, Fla. — The No. 19 Florida State softball team lost to Texas Tech, 2-1, Friday night in Clearwater, Fla. at the USF The Game Tournament.
The offensive woes continued for the Seminoles (24-6) as they generated just one run a night after falling to Auburn in extra innings by a score of 1-0.
Against the Red Raiders (26-3), FSU managed five hits but couldn’t come up with timely hits when it mattered most. Friday’s outcome marked the first back-to-back defeats for the ‘Noles all year long.
“The season is long and we have to take the highs with the lows,” FSU head coach Lonni Alameda said. “We have to learn how to compete in all situations so this is a good lesson for us to learn from.”
Senior Terese Gober got the start in the circle and pitched a complete game.
Gober went six innings and gave up just five hits and two runs. She struck out five Texas Tech batters.
Florida State found itself down early in the ballgame as Texas Tech scored its two runs in the bottom of the second.
In the fifth, Montez’s leadoff double gave the ‘Noles a spark. She was replaced at second by Morgan Bullock and the speedster dashed home two batters later on Stager’s RBI single to right field.
The scoring play trimmed the deficit to 2-1 with just one out but FSU couldn’t add anymore in the inning.
The Red Raiders threatened in the sixth with two runners in scoring position. But Gober prevented any increase to Texas Tech’s lead and Jen Lapicki nabbed a pop-up to finish the inning with the 2-1 score intact.
FSU will look to bounce back tomorrow as it takes on Long Island at 3 p.m. and then Northern Illinois at 5 p.m.
“We will bounce back,” Alameda said. “We just have to keep pushing.”