March 6, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Seminoles recorded a pair of wins over Troy and Liberty as they hosted day two of the FSU Invitational on Friday at JoAnne Graf Field. Florida State improves to 15-4 after shutting out the Trojans, 2-0, and run-ruled the Lady Flames (11-3) in five innings.
The Noles were on the board early against Troy thanks to leadoff batter Carly Wynn’s solo home run to center field in the bottom of the first. The 220-foot bomb was the junior’s second homer of the season and 10th career as her batting average improves to .389 overall.
Picking up her fifth win and fourth shutout this year was sophomore Sarah Hamilton. The Tallahassee native threw 10 strikeouts, hit one batter and gave up three hits as she improves her ERA to 1.14.
Scoring the second and final run for FSU was Jessica Lola, pinch-running for Kaleigh Rafter. The former team manager scored from second on an Ashley Stager single to right field. Stager was 1-for-2 against Troy as she picked up hit number 21 and her 14th RBI this year.
The win knocked the Trojans back to 15-6 and the Garnet and Gold made a quick turn-around to face Liberty.
Once again it would be Wynn who would score an early run for FSU in the first. The centerfielder tripled to left and was brought home on a sacrifice bunt from Rafter.
Rafter was 1-for-3 in the second game, picking up her 13th RBI and 24th hit this season. The catcher also thwarted a stolen base attempt by Amber DePasquale as she tried to steal second in the third inning.
The Seminoles would go on to score three runs in each the second, third and fourth innings before sealing the deal in the bottom of the fifth.
Freshman Shayla Jackson was impressive in the win, leading the team at 3-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored. The outfielder would score the game-ending run on an error by the Liberty catcher who tried to throw out Jackson at third after a passed ball rolled beneath her.
The win was credited to junior Terese Gober (9-2) who struck out four and gave up just a single hit and no runs. Sophomore Lauren Varsalona entered the game in the fourth and would give up Liberty’s three runs, one of which was earned, on four hits with three strike outs and one walk.
Florida State will take on Middle Tennessee State at 3:45 p.m. in the final game of the FSU Invitational on Saturday before traveling to Chapel Hill, N.C., on Sunday as Atlantic Coast Conference play opens at North Carolina on Monday.