Feb. 17, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The No. 20/23 Florida State softball team fanned Florida A&M, 9-2, Wednesday night on the Rattlers’ campus.
By game’s end, the trio of Seminole hurlers struck out an incredible 15 of the 24 batters faced.
“We got some great production from Sarah Hamilton and Terese Gober and Morgan Bullock came on in the end and did a great job in the circle for the first time in her college career,” FSU head coach Lonni Alameda said. “We got hits when we needed them and I am proud of the way we played overall.”
Hamilton got the win as the Tallahassee native faced six batters and managed to strike out five of them in just two innings of work. The only batter she didn’t send back to the home dugout on strikes popped out to Tory Haddad at first base.
Gober entered the contest in the bottom of third and gave up one hit but still struck out eight of the 10 batters she saw. She was replaced by Bullock in sixth and the true freshman gave up two runs but struck out two Rattlers (0-1) and didn’t walk anyone.
Prior to Wednesday night, Bullock had only seen action in left field and as a pinch runner.
Fellow true freshman Tiffani Brown paced the ‘Noles with the best offensive game of her young career. Brown finished the night with a game-high three RBIs on 2-of-3 hitting.
“We played great as a team tonight,” Haddad said. “We really fought hard and made things happen.”
One pitch later, Haddad made sure that lead grew slightly bigger. The senior first baseman, in her first season with Florida State after transferring from Ohio State, cranked a home run way over the left field wall – her first of the season.
Then another new ‘Nole – Brown – sent a single up the middle that plated Kristie McConn and gave FSU a 4-0 advantage. The scoring hit marked Brown’s first RBI as a college softball player.
And the Tallahassee native wasn’t done.
With Joseph pinch running for Haddad on second base in the top of the sixth, Brown sent a rocket down the right field line and turned it into a two-run, inside-the-park home run.
The Seminoles then padded the lead in the top of the seventh. With the bases loaded, Joseph drew a bases-loaded walk that brought home a run.
On a night of firsts, true freshman Stanley then achieved career RBI No. 1 to push the ‘Noles’ lead to 9-0.
The Rattlers finally dented the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh thanks to Melissa Oliphant’s two-run homerun off Bullock.
Florida State will be back in action at the Seminole Softball Complex on Friday when it welcomes Gardner-Webb, Coastal Carolina and South Dakota State to town for the Seminole Classic.
FSU’s first game will be at 12:15 against Coastal Carolina.