Feb. 8, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – Coming off a run-ruled win against SMU earlier in the day, the Seminoles were unable to hold off Louisville as they fell 4-3 to bring day one of the Early Bird Tournament to a close on JoAnne Graf Field. Florida State will start Saturday at 1-1 while the Cardinals maintain a perfect 2-0.
Taking the loss for Florida State was junior south-paw Melissa May who struck-out two and gave up only six hits, four runs while walking two. Winning the game for Louisville was Mandi Rodriguez with the save going to Kassie Stanfill.
The runs started coming in the top of the third as Louisville put the first run on the board. The Seminoles would answer as senior Whitney Buckmon scored off an RBI from freshman Ashley Stager. Buckmon led FSU at bat, going 3-for-3 with one RBI and one run. At the end of three complete innings the score was tied one apiece.
The Cardinals would extend their lead in the top of the fourth as a Seminole error loaded the bases with one out. Three unearned runs would cross home plate and push Louisville to a 4-1 lead.
Sophomore Terese Gober entered the lineup for May at the top of the sixth as she faced six batters and allowed no hits and no runs. The Seminoles made a comeback in the bottom of the inning as they scored off of runs from two Brittanys; senior Brittany Osmon and freshman Brittany Joseph. A sacrifice fly to left field by newcomer Allison Collins brought Osmon home while Joseph scored single by Buckmon up the leftfield line.
Florida State was down only one run in the top of the seventh with Gober looking to get the save. The first batter struck out looking which set the tone for the final two outs which came in the next two at-bats. A put out from third to first and a fly out to Buckmon in center field gave the Seminoles a chance to take it home.
The Seminoles would record only one run off a single by Osmon in the final inning with two out and junior catcher Robin Ahrberg up to swing. With two balls and one strike, Ahrberg got a piece of the fourth pitch which flied out to right field for the third out.
Florida State will return on Saturday to play Troy at 12:15 p.m. followed by the championship round at 2:30 and 4:45 p.m. You can watch the Seminoles LIVE by logging onto ACCSelect.com.