May 7, 2011
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ATLANTA, Ga. (seminoles.com) – It was a tough day for the Florida State University softball team as it fell in both games of a doubleheader at No. 17 Georgia Tech on Saturday afternoon at Mewborn Field. FSU lost game one, 11-3 in five innings, and fell in game two, 7-2.
Georgia Tech’s high-powered offense was too much for the Seminoles (26-26, 8-11), who looked to at least split today’s twinbill in game two after taking a brief two-run lead but could not hold on. FSU starter Sarah Hamilton (16-17) took the loss in game one while Jessica Nori (5-5) suffered the defeat in the second game.
In the process, Hamilton made some history by taking sole possession of third place in career appearances at FSU, making her 142nd today. She passes former teammate Terese Gober for the spot.
FSU’s offensive highlights came from the bat of Kristie McConn in game one and Jen Lapicki in game two. McConn finished 2-for-2 with two RBIs in game one as FSU recorded five hits overall off Yellow Jackets (44-8, 18-1) starter Kristen Adkins (20-5), who earned the win.
FSU threatened in the top of the second inning of the first affair. With one out, Celeste Gomez hit a two-strike pitch up the middle. McConn followed with an impressive at-bat, fouling nine consecutive pitches before hitting a single through the left side off Adkins. However, Courtney Senas and Morgan Bullock each recorded outs to end the threat and leave two runners on base.
The game was blown open by a seven-run second inning for the Yellow Jackets. With the bases loaded, Jessica Sinclair singled on a ball that bounced just off the glove of third baseman Tiffani Brown, and Jessica Weaver followed with a bases-loaded walk on a 3-2 offering. Ashley Thomas’ sharp two-run single just got below the outstretched arm of McConn at second base, and Kelsi Weseman made the big play when she hit a first-pitch three-run home run to left center.
With two outs, the Seminoles ignited a three-run third inning. Ashley Stager and Robin Ahrberg drew consecutive walks to load the bases for Gomez, who was hit by a pitch to drive in FSU’s first run. The next batter in McConn swung at the first pitch and put it up the middle for a two-run single, trimming the deficit to 7-3.
A two-run double by Weseman in the fourth and an RBI double by Kristine Priebe extended the Georgia Tech advantage to 10-3. The game ended on a chopping RBI single by Christy Jones to left field.
Lapicki unleashed a line-drive two-run home run on the first pitch she saw in game two, bringing home Shayla Jackson to give FSU an early 2-0 lead. The round-tripper was the sixth of the season for Lapicki and the 21st of her career.
The Yellow Jackets scored four runs in the second inning with two outs. After Nori struck out consecutive batters with two runners in scoring position, Christy Jones placed a bunt single on a 3-0 pitch to load the bases. Thomas then hit a two-run single through the right side, and Weseman hit a two-run double to left center to give Georgia Tech a 4-2 advantage.
Georgia Tech added one run apiece in the third and fourth innings to put the game out of reach.
FSU returns to Mewborn Field on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. in a game that has large implications. If the Seminoles defeat Georgia Tech, they will finish fourth in the conference in the regular season and earn the No. 4 seed against Virginia Tech for next Friday night’s ACC Championship first-round game at 7:30 p.m. Should they lose, Virginia Tech would instead be the No. 4 seed in the contest while FSU finishes fifth, giving the Hokies the home team advantage in the first round.