April 5, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 21 Florida State softball team suffered a 2-0 shutout at the hands of Virginia Tech in the final game of the ACC series on JoAnne Graf Field Sunday afternoon. The Noles are now 27-12 overall and 5-4 in the league as junior pitcher Terese Gober picked up loss number seven.
Virginia Tech (14-19, 4-5 ACC) took its first lead of the weekend after scoring two runs in the third. Second baseman Kristen Froehlich doubled to right center, her seventh double this year, and would move to third on a Jenna Rhodes single. Rhodes picked up stolen base number 23 on the year as both Hokies would plate on an Erin Ota single to right.
Florida State would have a handful of opportunites to get on the board, but would leave six runners stranded after seven innings.
Senior Kaleigh Rafter led the offense going 2-for-3, both of those hits being doubles. The catcher from Guelph, Ontario, now tops the Noles with a .359 batting average and eight doubles this season. Fellow senior Michelle Snyder recorded the third hit for FSU.
Gober struggled in the circle, giving up Virginia Tech’s two earned runs on three hits with just three strikeouts before sophomore Sarah Hamilton was called in from the bullpen in the top of the fifth. Hamilton was impressive, giving up zero hits and punching out six of 10 Hokies faced.
Next up for the Noles is a home doubleheader against the Troy Trojans on Tuesday, April 7, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The pair of games is part of the make-ups following a five-game rainout at the NFCA Leadoff Classic back in February. GameTracker live stats will be available on www.seminoles.com.