Feb. 9, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State was handed its second loss of the Early Bird Tournament after dropping a 3-1 decision to Troy on day two on JoAnne Graf Field. The loss was the first against Troy since 2006 when Florida State split a double-header with the Trojans at home. The Seminoles will head into the championship round against undefeated Louisville with a 1-2 record.
Despite taking the loss, sophomore Terese Gober broke her career high strikeouts after notching 12 at the end of seven against Troy. Gober ended the game with four hits, two runs and one error and walked two.
Troy was strong out of the gate, scoring two runs in the first inning. Florida State would not answer until the seventh inning as pinch runner Melissa May scored on an RBI single by senior Kelly Langston.
Leading the Seminoles in hitting was Langston who went 1-for-2 with the lone RBI of the game. Sophomore Monica Montez and freshman Allison Collins both went 1-for-3 while senior Whitney Buckmon ended the game 1-for-4.
Freshman Kristie McConn started things off for FSU in the third as she reached first on an error by Troy’s Hillary Hughes. A sacrifice bunt by Langston advanced McConn to second with fellow freshman Brittany Joseph up to bat. Another error moved Joseph to second and advanced McConn to third. With runners on second and third, Buckmon stepped up and singled to fill the bases.
The Seminoles had one out with Montez up to bat and Jessica Gilmore on deck. Montez struck out swinging leaving it up to Gilmore to bring the runners home. Florida State was unable to do anything with the situation as Buckmon was the third out on a fielder’s choice to end the inning.
Troy’s third run would score on an error by short stop Ashley Stager in the top of the fifth. Stager overthrew to first baseman Brittany Osmon which brought Kaitlin Kenney across the plate for the Trojans with one left on base.
The solo run for Florida State came in the bottom of the seventh off the RBI from Langston that brought May home. The Seminoles would end seven with one run, two hits, no errors and one left on base.
The day is not over for FSU as they head into the final game of the Early Bird Tournament against Louisville at the Seminole Softball/Soccer Complex.