March 29, 2009
ATLANTA, Ga. – Coming off a disappointing doubleheader sweep on Saturday, the No. 19 Florida State softball team battled back to take a 5-4 extra-inning win over Georgia Tech at Mewborn Field on Sunday afternoon. The Seminoles end the weekend at 25-11 and 3-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference while the Yellow Jackets are now 26-9 and 4-2.
Sophomore Terese Gober picked up the win after pitching for all eight innings. The righty is now 16-6 as she struck out 10 and gave up four runs, none of them earned, on six Yellow Jacket hits for a season ERA of 1.32.
Down 0-1 in the fourth, Florida State snagged its first lead all weekend thanks to a three-run bomb over the right field wall by senior Michelle Snyder that scored Mallory Borden and Monica Montez. The third baseman fouled out to the catcher in her first at-bat but took a swing on a 1-2 count and sent the ball just over the fence for her second homer of the season.
The hits just kept on coming for the Noles in the fifth when junior Carly Wynn picked up her fifth round-tripper of the season, a solo bomb to center to pull FSU ahead 4-1. Catcher Kaleigh Rafter followed up with a single to left and GT pitcher Tiffany Johnson would load the bases on two walks with Snyder on deck.
Snyder would just miss notching a grand slam on her résumé when her line drive narrowly missed the left foul pole. FSU would strand three runners in the inning but would manage to strikeout Tech’s top player, Jen Yee. The punchout was her first looking and just sixth overall this season.
It appeared Florida State had clinched the victory at 4-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh, but Georgia Tech would not go down easily and powered back to tie it up. Back-to-back hits from Jessica Weaver and Christy Jones was followed by a ball-handling error by Kristie McConn to load the bases.
A single from first baseman Whitney Haller would score two as the tying run, Blair Shimandle, crossed on a Johnson single.
FSU would head into eighth inning for the fifth time this year with the seventh, eighth and ninth batters on deck.
Snyder would score what would be the winning run as she was the first Nole to reach base on a double to left center with one out. The Wenatchee, Wash., native was 2-for-4 on the day with two runs scored and two RBI to lead the team.
A hit from freshman Shayla Jackson found the gap in centerfield to score Snyder and FSU would pick up two more hits before Tech got a chance to swing.
First up for Gober was Yellow Jacket Shannon Bear who struck out looking followed by a fly out to Wynn in center and a ground out to Snyder from Christy Jones.
The win helped the Seminoles avoid their first ACC series sweep since dropping all three to Georgia Tech back in 2005 in Atlanta. The Garnet and Gold will have a nice break with no mid-week games before hosting Virginia Tech on JoAnne Graf Field on Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5.