March 5, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After getting washed out last weekend in Columbus, Ga., the Florida State softball team was back in action for the first time since February 24, taking a 3-2 win over Bethune-Cookman to kickoff the FSU Invitational on JoAnne Graf Field Thursday night. The Seminoles improve to 13-4 as junior Terese Gober picked up her ninth win of the season.
Gober (9-2) struck out 11 batters, gave up two runs, one earned, and allowed just a single walk. Taking the loss for Bethune-Cookman was Allison Garcia, her seventh on the year.
Seminole freshman Shayla Jackson made her debut against the Wildcats and recorded her first collegiate hit in the third inning, a single to left field. The Pembroke Pines, Fla., native would later score Florida State’s first run of the game thanks to sophomore Ashley Stager’s RBI triple to left center that just missed becoming a round-tripper.
The Noles fell into a bit of trouble in the fifth inning as Wildcat Brittani Austin reached first on a Stager fielding error and would advance to second as Tameika Jonas hit a hopper towards Gober and beat the throw at first. Both runners would advance on a sacrifice bunt and eventually score thanks to centerfielder Ashton Hinds’ single down the middle.
Down 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth, sophomore Brittany Joseph laid down a nice bunt which she followed with a stolen base. Jackson grounded out to the short stop which advanced Joseph into scoring position at third. Junior team captain Carly Wynn took a swing at the first pitch and hit a hard grounder towards short but would beat the throw, scoring Joseph and tying the game at two apiece.
Bethune-Cookman managed to record one hit in the seventh, but a strikeout and two ground outs to third would leave that runner stranded and give FSU the chance to seal the deal.
Leading off for the Seminoles in the bottom of seven was Joseph who picked up another hit, this one through the left side, and would advance to third on a Jackson sacrifice bunt. Much like the fifth inning, an RBI single from Wynn would score Joseph and secure the victory for the Garnet and Gold.
Leading on offense was Wynn who went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI while Stager picked up the third RBI and was 2-for-3. Joseph also had a good night, going 2-for-3 and scoring two runs.
The action continues on JoAnne Graf Field tomorrow as the FSU Invitational continues at 10:00 a.m. with Middle Tennessee State vs. Liberty. Florida State’s first game on Friday will be against Troy at 4:45 p.m. followed by Liberty at 7:00 p.m.