March 7, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Seminoles made a clean sweep at the FSU Invitational after defeating Middle Tennessee State, 6-1, on JoAnne Graf Field on Saturday afternoon. Florida State was a perfect 4-0 over the three-day tournament to improve to 16-4 heading into ACC play against North Carolina on Monday.
Starting things off in the circle for FSU was sophomore Sarah Hamilton who struck out six of seven batters faced in two innings of work. The only Blue Raider to reach base was hit by a pitch in the first.
Picking up the win was junior Terese Gober, now 11-2, who threw for three innings and struck out seven batters while allowing a single hit. Sophomore Lauren Varsalona got into the action in the sixth, giving up Middle Tennessee’s lone run on three hits while striking out two.
The Noles scored their first run in the third thanks in part to a throwing error by the Blue Raiders’ second baseman. Leading off the inning was senior Michelle Snyder who was hit by a pitch with Brittany Joseph on deck.
The first sophomore laid down a bunt and beat out the throw, but would round to third when the second baseman, who was covering first, failed to make the catch. Snyder scored on the play and Joseph would then go on to score the second run for FSU run thanks to Carly Wynn’s RBI single to right. Ashley Stager’s single would score Wynn as FSU went up 3-0.
Middle Tennessee State would be unable to score in the fourth while the Noles would notch a single run in the bottom of the inning scored by Jessica Gilmore.
At 4-0 in the fifth, Florida State extended its lead on a two-run bomb hit by Stager, her third on the year. The sophomore swung hard on a 1-2 pitch to send the ball over the left field wall to bring herself and Wynn around the bases.
That would be the last of the scoring frenzy for FSU, but the Blue Raiders would prevent the shutout in the top of the seventh. Leadoff batter, Martha Davis, hit a single to third and reached first safely before advancing to second on a groundout from Kelsey Dortch. Another MT single would put runners on the corner as Davis would go on to score on yet another single, this one to left field.
The comeback would fall short as the Seminoles remained undefeated over the tournament with the 6-1 victory.
No strangers to success, Wynn and Stager led the team each going 2-for-3 with Stager recording three RBI and one for Wynn.
The week-long road trip is up next for Florida State as the team hits the road Sunday morning for Chapel Hill, N.C., to kickoff ACC action against North Carolina at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 9. Following the three-game series with the Tar Heels, the Seminoles will head west to Fullerton, Calif., for the Judi Garman Classic starting with a pair of Top 25 teams, Washington and Oklahoma, on Thursday afternoon.
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