Feb. 21, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 20/23 Florida State softball team defeated South Dakota State, 6-0, Sunday afternoon to win the Seminole Classic at JoAnne Graf Field.
In doing so, the Seminoles (10-1) earned their fifth-straight shutout, 10th win in a row and propelled themselves into two weeks in a row of games away from home.
“I think it’s nice to round out the weekend this way,” FSU head coach Lonni Alameda said. “We talked last night about scoring earlier in the game and we did that today. We are excited now about the challenge of getting out on the road and facing some very good competition.”
Senior Terese Gober got her sixth victory of the year by pitching two no-hit innings to start the game. In that span she struck out three of the six batters she faced and didn’t anyone before being replaced by junior Sarah Hamilton in the third.
Hamilton wound up pitching three scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a walk but striking out five batters.
Junior Lauren Varsalona replaced her classmate in the fifth inning and finished the ballgame with two innings of hitless work.
Senior Tory Haddad led the way for the Seminoles in the batter’s box. The talented first baseman capped off her second weekend as a Florida State softball player with three RBIs.
“The whole pitching staff had a really good weekend overall,” Gober said. “A lot of different people got to play and make some things on both offense and defense.”
As mentioned by Alameda, Florida State got things started right off the bat on Sunday.
Senior center fielder Carly Wynn turned a routine double into a sliding triple as she burned around the bases in the bottom of the first. Two batters later, Ahrberg’s single sent her home for an early 1-0 FSU lead.
Haddad then pummeled a pitch sky-high over the left field wall for three RBIs and a 4-0 score. The impressive display of power was Haddad’s second home run of the year after connecting for a similar one against Florida A&M.
While Haddad repeated what she did against the Rattlers, Brown repeated what she had done throughout the duration of the Seminole Classic in the fourth inning. After Morgan Bullock replaced Monica Montez as a pinch runner at first base and stole second, Brown sent an RBI single to center field to push the score to 5-0.
Over the course of the three days, Brown got a hit in each contest and belted in a combined five RBIs.
Bullock then got an RBI of her own in the sixth inning when her laser up the middle sent Mallory Borden home. Borden had reach second base after an error in the field by South Dakota State.
Next up for the ‘Noles is their second road game of the year. FSU travels to play at Jacksonville on Feb. 24 at 5:30 p.m.