May 8, 2009
RALEIGH, N.C. – Florida State pulled off yet another shutout victory over Boston College on Friday in its first game of the ACC Tournament hosted by NC State in Raleigh, N.C. The 2-0 victory for the No. 16 Seminoles eliminated the Eagles from the single-elimination tournament and matches them up with No. 3-seeded North
Carolina in the semi-final round at 1 o’clock tomorrow.
This year’s ACC Pitcher of the Year, sophomore Sarah Hamilton, struck out nine Eagles while giving up just one hit and one walk. The righty’s ERA improves to 0.86 and she is now ranked eighth in the FSU Single Season Top 10 for strikeouts with 264.
The Seminoles were on the board early in the game as leadoff batter Carly Wynn doubled to left center in the bottom of the first. Freshman Shayla Jackson would reach base safely on a fielding error by the BC third baseman that would also advance Wynn to third. Kaleigh Rafter popped up to the short stop and with Ashley Stager on deck. A wild pitch from pitcher Taylor Peyton allowed Wynn to score but a quick reaction from the BC defense would catch Jackson out at third. The Noles would be up 1-0 as Stager flew out to left field and rolled the game into the second inning.
Wynn would plate the second run for the Noles in the third as she picked up her second hit of the day to second base. The centerfielder led the squad going 3-for-4 and scored the final run courtesy of a Michelle Snyder RBI single to left field.
Florida State’s defense was solid throughout, allowing just six BC runners to reach base with 21 putouts. Junior Terese Gober entered for Hamilton in the top of the sixth and struck out four of eight batters faced and giving up no hits.
The fight for the ACC title continues at Dail Stadium on Saturday as the Seminoles and Tar Heels square off in the first game of the day. Fans can catch all the action for free on ACC Select and GameTracker by logging onto www.seminoles.com.