April 17, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
For five and third innings, Florida State pitcher Terese Gober flirted with a perfect game only to break it up herself with a pair of free passes. However, she held on for the no hitter and her teammates supplied plenty of offense as the Seminoles picked up an 8-0 victory over Jacksonville in the first game of Tuesday’s (April 17), doubleheader.
With the win, Florida State improved to 32-19 overall and ran its winning streak to four games. Jacksonville dropped to 15-36.
Gober (McDonough, Ga.) is the third Seminole to throw a no-hitter this year after Tiffany McDonald and Melissa May each tossed one in the first two weeks of the season. The victory upped the rookie’s record to 9-4. Gober tied a career-high by striking out ten batters while issuing just one walk. The perfect game was broken up in the sixth when Gober hit Amber Moseley. Taking the loss for JU was Shannon Jenson, who dropped to 4-16.
“I was really hitting my spots and getting some good movement on the ball,” Gober said. “I really wasn’t thinking about it until after the fifth inning and after I lost the perfect game I just wanted to try to preserve the no hitter. It helped that my teammates played good defense and scored eight runs.”
Toping the team with a career-best three hits was designated player Kayla Collins (Niceville, Fla.) as she went 3-for-3 with three RBIs. Also turning in a multi-hit game was two-time All-American Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) as she went 2-for-3, including a triple with two runs scored. The triple moved Wootson into a tie with Tiffany Daniels for second in school history at 21 triples and she broke the tie with North Carolina’s Crystal Henderson for seventh in ACC lore.
The Seminoles pounded out ten hits for the second time in three games with seven different players picking up a hit and eight of the nine starters getting on base. Outfielder Monica Montez (Corona, Calif.) tied a career-high with three RBIs and outfielder Jessica Gilmore (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) equaled a season-best by crossing the plate twice.
Florida State wasted no time in getting on the board as it pushed the first run across in the opening frame. Wootson led off with a triple – her first since one in the first meeting against the Dolphins on Feb. 16 – and scored on a single up the middle by Montez.
After stranding runners in the second and third, the Seminoles struck for four runs in the fourth. Gilmore led off with a walk and moved to third when catcher Robin Ahrberg (Stillwater, Okla.) was hit with the throw down to first from the catcher off her sacrifice bunt. First baseman Kelly Langston (Fontana, Calif.) followed with a single to score Gilmore.
Collins delivered her second hit off the pitcher’s glove to score pinch runner Amanda Moore (Niceville, Fla.) and Langston came around to score when the throw to first on Collins’ hit sailed wide. Capping the scoring was a ground out by Montez that scored pinch runner Courtney Rosen (Sugarland, Texas).
The Seminoles tacked on two more runs in the fifth for good measure. Shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) and Gilmore hit back-to-back single and a ground out put them in scoring position. Collins completed her best day at the plate as a Seminole with a single up the middle to score both runners and make it 7-0 in FSU’s favor.
Wootson helped put an end to the game by starting the seventh by reaching third when the Dolphins’ right fielder dropped a fly ball. She gave the Seminoles their eighth run when she beat the throw home on a grounder by Montez.
The two teams complete the doubleheader with game two