Feb. 15, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State shutout Purdue, ranked No. 23 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll, 8-0 in five but fell 5-4 to Mississippi State in back-to-back games on the final day of the Sunshine Classic at JoAnne Graf Field on Sunday. The Seminoles are now 8-2 overall with just the one loss over the weekend.
Picking up the big win over the Boilermakers was sophomore Sarah Hamilton, her third this year, as she managed to strike out six and give up just three hits. The Tallahassee native is now throwing a staff high 1.54 ERA with two shutouts and is 3-1 overall.
Credited with her first loss of the season against Mississippi State was Terese Gober (5-1) after giving up seven hits, five earned runs with just three strikeouts and one walk. Gober’s ERA slips to 1.87 on the season.
Despite the 5-4 loss to the Bulldogs, sophomore Kristie McConn hit her second career home run, a two-RBI bomb to left field in the first while redshirt senior Kaleigh Rafter picked up her second homer of the season, 29th in her career, that would score Florida State’s final two runs of the game in the fifth.
The Garnet and Gold was on the board in the bottom of the second against Purdue, scoring four and batting through the lineup. Boilermaker pitcher Dana Alcocer loaded the bases after hitting Kristie McConn with a pitch, giving up a single to Stager and striking out Mallory Borden who would reach first on a passed ball. Redshirt senior Jessica Gilmore would draw a walk that would move McConn home and put FSU on the board.
A Purdue error by the shortstop and two more FSU singles would advance the Noles to 4-0 to end the second inning. Florida State finished the deal in the fifth after the Boilermakers walked in the fifth run, followed by an RBI single. The score quickly became 7-0 after yet another run was walked in. With the bases still loaded, redshirt senior Kaleigh Rafter hit a nice single to center to drive in Brittany Joseph and seal the 8-0 run rule victory for the Seminoles.
The win over No. 23 Purdue was the fourth shutout this year and the second five-inning win for Florida State.
The second game of the day would cut the Seminoles’ seven-game winning streak short as Mississippi State managed to come back from a 4-1 deficit heading into the bottom of the fifth to come back and win it 5-4.
The Noles were the visiting team on the board against the Bulldogs and once again managed to get on the board early in the first thanks to McConn’s two-RBI home run hit on a full count.
Stager would go 2-for-3 against Mississippi State while Borden, Gilmore and Joseph would round out the hits for FSU.
After two complete games, Florida State was 16-for-47 as a team, with 12 runs, 12 RBI and a .340 batting average while committing no errors.
The Seminoles will shake off the loss and get back to business as they host South Alabama in a single game at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 18, at the Seminole Softball Complex.