March 14, 2009
FULLERTON, Calif. – No. 24/25 Florida State picked up its first win at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif., with a big seventh inning against Bowling Green. The 3-0 victory was credited to sophomore Sarah Hamilton and improves the Seminoles’ record to 19-8 this season.
Hamilton, now 7-3, struck out an impressive 14 batters while giving up just two hits. Picking up the loss for the Falcons was Hayley Wiemer (2-9) who gave up three runs, none of those earned, on three hits while managing five strikeouts with no walks.
Not a lot of hits went down for the Noles in a game that ended with six gaffes committed by Bowling Green. Junior Carly Wynn, sophomore Ashley Stager and freshman Amber Bryant picked up the three hits for FSU while pinch-runner Courtney Rosen scored the winning run.
The game opened up in the top of the seventh for Florida State, the visiting team on the scoreboard, as the designated player Allison Collins reached first on an error by the third baseman. Rosen entered to pinch run for Collins and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt laid down nicely by Kristie McConn.
With one out on the board, senior Michelle Snyder also reached first safely, this time on an error by the Falcons’ shortstop. With runners on the corners, Snyder stole second with pinch-hitter Jessica Gilmore at the plate. Much like déjà vu, Gilmore reached first on a fielding error by the shortstop and would continue to second on the throw. Rosen scored on the play, bringing up Bryant who singled towards the pitcher and advanced to second on a throwing error by the catcher that scored Snyder.
With Gilmore on third and Bryant on second, freshman Shayla Jackson grounded out to the first baseman which would allow Gilmore to score what would be the final run for FSU.
A fly-out to left by Wynn ended the inning to give Bowling Green one last chance to make a comeback. Stellar pitching from Hamilton would hold off the Falcons as she struck out the first two batters before giving up a hit. The fourth batter went down swinging as the Noles picked up their first win at the Judi Garman Classic.
Florida State will wrap up its west coast tour with Texas tomorrow, Sunday, March 15, at 9:00 a.m. California time, or noon on the east coast. The Seminoles are no strangers to the Longhorns as they opened the season at the Texas Invitational back in February and split two games with Texas to win the tournament.