May 2, 2009
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – A solid defense paired with key hits lifted No. 17 Florida State to a pair of shutout victories over Boston College on Shea Field Saturday afternoon. Seminole pitcher Sarah Hamilton picked up her second no-hitter this season in the 2-0 game one win while a Carly Wynn solo home run in the top of the eighth clinched the doubleheader sweep and propelled the Noles to a 40-13 overall and 16-4 in ACC, good for second place in the regular season heading into the tournament next weekend.
“It was two close ballgames and they hung in there,” FSU head coach Lonni Alameda said. “The pitchers did a great job today. Even though it was crunch time in the later innings, the team was very loose. Carly Wynn’s home run was also nice to see.”
Starting in the circle for the Noles in the early game was Hamilton (16-5) who picked up her second career no-hitter, was just one walk away from a perfect game, and struck out 14 Eagles. The sophomore righty now leads the FSU pitching staff and the ACC with a 0.91 ERA and has cracked into the Seminole single-season top 10 with 248 punch outs so far this year.
The Seminoles broke out in the sixth inning, picking up two runs on three hits. Freshman Shayla Jackson led off and was on with a single up the left side. Catch Kaleigh Rafter would draw a walk and advance Jackson to third, followed by a fielder’s choice that put Ashley Stager on first and sent Jackson back to the dugout.
Senior Michelle Snyder’s second hit of the day was a double to right field that juiced the bases for Florida State with just one out.
Designated player Mallory Borden picked up an RBI single that would plat Courtney Stager who was pinch-running for Rafter. The next batter was Jessica Gilmore who hit a hopper to fifth and would reach safe as the third baseman made a wild throw, allowing the older Stager sister to score an unearned run.
Boston College would be unable to put any points on the board in the bottom of the sixth and seventh giving the Noles the 1-0 advantage heading into the second game of the day.
Picking up her 24th win this season in game two was junior Terese Gober (24-8) who was strong through eight innings, giving up just one hit, two walks and striking out a dozen BC batters.
It was a defensive battle between the teams, but in the end a solo home run courtesy of Wynn in the bottom of the eighth with two outs was enough to seal the deal for the Noles. The round-tripper is the sixth of the season for the junior outfielder.
The set of wins against Boston College seal the second seed for Florida State at the ACC Tournament next week beginning on May 8. The Seminoles look to bring out the brooms on the Eagles in the final game of the series tomorrow at noon. Fans can catch the action on GameTracker live stats and ACC Select by logging onto www.seminoles.com.