April 18, 2009
RALEIGH, N.C. – On a gorgeous Saturday afternoon in Raleigh, N.C., the No. 19 Florida State softball team swept NC State, 10-1 and 1-0, at Dail Stadium on the campus of NC State University. The Seminoles improve to 34-13 and 10-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference while the Wolfpack slips to 20-22 and 3-11.
“It’s nice to get to play where the ACC Championships are being held,” Florida State head coach Lonni Alameda said. “I think we’re getting a bit of an advantage over some teams in the league that don’t have the chance to play in the park during the regular season.
“It was nice to have a win where we scored a lot of runs and a win where we didn’t score a lot of runs so we’re really testing our ability to stay focused and not freak out in moments of a one-run ballgame.”
Sophomore Sarah Hamilton started the early game and picked up her 13th win this season as she gave up just one run on three hits with a pair of walks and seven punch outs. The Tallahassee, Fla., native continues to lead the pitching staff with a 1.05 ERA.
Game one was the big scoring round for the Noles as they plated 10 runs on eight hits. Starting it off in the top of the first was junior Carly Wynn who drew a walk off NC State pitcher Lindsay Campana and would advance to third thanks to a Kaleigh Rafter double to right center. With runners in scoring position, designated player Mallory Borden struck out swinging but would reach first safely on a wild pitch that scored Wynn and moved Rafter to third with sophomore Ashley Stager on deck.
The shortstop took a mighty swing and ripped a three RBI round-tripper to left field to pick up her fifth of the season and pull FSU ahead 4-0.
NC State would get on the board with the help of a Bethaney Wells solo homer in the bottom of the third. But the Garnet and Gold answered with a solo homer of its own, courtesy of senior Michelle Snyder, her fourth this year, to edge the Pack 5-1.
The later game belonged to junior Terese Gober who pitched a complete game, giving up just three hits while allowing no runs and no walks with five strikeouts. The righty is now 21-8 on the season with 1.18 ERA.
The Seminoles’ lone run in game two was scored by Jackson in the third. With two outs, the freshman outfielder singled to left and an error on the third baseman would advance her to second and place Wynn on first. As Rafter picked up her third hit of the day, Jackson scored an unearned run which would be the only for FSU.
NC State would go three up and three down in the bottom of the seventh as Claudia Cooper grounded into a double play to finish the game.
“It will be nice to see if we can make our adjustments tonight against their pitching staff,” Alameda said. “That’s what it takes when you get to conference tournaments and then regionals, to be able to make adjustments from game-to-game with pitchers.”
The series concludes Sunday at noon on NC State’s senior day. The game will be available on ACC Select and GameTracker live stats on www.seminoles.com.