Feb. 7, 2009
AUSTIN, Texas –Florida State fought back from a 2-1 deficit to clinch the 4-3 win over Stephen F. Austin on day two of the Time Warner Texas Invitational. Thanks to two runs in the bottom of the eighth, the Seminoles are now 2-1 to start the season.
The LadyJacks took an early lead in the top of the third, but Florida State answered in the bottom of the inning with an RBI single hit by Monica Montez that scored fellow junior Carly Wynn from second.
The tie wouldn’t last long as SFA scored again in the fourth on an error by third baseman Michelle Snyder to go up 2-1. It seemed like game over for Florida State with a runner on second and two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but a double down the leftfield line by Jessica Gilmore notched the second run scored by Wynn and would send the game into extra innings.
Thanks to the international tie breaker, the last batter in the previous inning is placed on second to start the inning. With two outs, Kim Daley of SFA had a nice hit to left field, bringing home Amber Price and giving the LadyJacks the 3-2 lead.
First up for FSU was sophomore Kristie McConn who was given the signal for a sacrifice bunt that advanced runner Ashley Stager to third. Newcomer, and fellow sophomore, Mallory Borden hit a grounder to the third baseman whose throw was off, allowing Borden to reach first safely and then advance to second on the throw. The error also scored Stager to once again tie the game, 3-3.
With Borden on second, pinch hitter Camille Garcia flied out to center bringing up freshman Courtney Stager who was 0-for-3 coming into the eighth. Lucky for Stager, another SFA error, this time by the shortstop, would move her to first and bring Borden home to seal the 4-3 win for the Seminoles.
Leading the Noles on offense was senior Kaleigh Rafter who went 3-for-4, including a double, and batted a .545 average. Wynn also had a good day at the plate after hitting 2-for-4, stealing a base and scoring two runs.
Credited with the win was Terese Gober who entered the game in the top of the fifth when Stephen F. Austin was up 2-1 on the FSU. Gober picked up her second win with four strikeouts, three hits and one earned run. Sophomore Sarah Hamilton started the game, but was replaced with fellow sophomore Lauren Varsalona after giving up two runs, one earned, four hits and walking two. Varsalona managed to strike out one batter but gave up a hit before Gober was called in from the bullpen.
Florida State will start the semi-final round later this afternoon with the seeds decided following the Texas vs. Iowa game at 2:00 p.m.