May 1, 2010
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The No. 22 Florida State softball team split its two games with Virginia Saturday, losing the first contest 2-1 and winning the second 9-6.
Junior Sarah Hamilton took the loss in the first game. She allowed just two runs and struck out six but unfortunately didn’t get much run support.
In the second game, senior Terese Gober started and went three and 2/3 innings before being replaced by Hamilton. Gober gave up four runs and struck out two while Hamilton earned the win with five strikeouts in three and 1/3 innings of scoreless ball.
Stager had a career day as she not only tied her season-high with four RBIs (just one shy of her career-best five) but she also hit for the cycle in the win.
“Anytime you lose the first one and then come back and win a dogfight it’s a good thing,” FSU head coach Lonni Alameda said. “Everyone contributed today. In the circle, on defense and at the plate everyone did their job. Stager had a great day.”
Sophomore Shayla Jackson posted two RBIs on two hits and juniors Robin Arhberg and McConn had an RBI each in that second game. Wynn posted an RBI, had two hits and scored three times.
FSU struck first in the top of the second in the opening game of the doubleheader. Stager laced a double to center field and then scored to make it 1-0 when Virginia committed an error in the field on junior Jen Lapicki’s hit back to the pitcher.
That lead last until the fourth inning when Virginia finally broke up Hamilton’s no-hitter with a single to center field. Nicole Koren’s two-run homerun over the left field then gave the Cavs a 2-1 lead and would prove to be the difference.
In the second game, Stager put the ‘Noles on the board in the top of the first. After Wynn drew a leadoff walk and then advanced to third base, Stager hit a two-out single to right field that gave FSU a 1-0 lead.
In the third, Wynn then extended the Seminoles’ advantage to 2-0 when her two-out solo homerun soared over the center field wall. The four-baser was Wynn’s fifth of the season and 19th of her stellar career.
But Virginia responded in the bottom half of the third by loading the bases with two outs before reeling in all four runs to take the lead.
The Cavaliers wouldn’t stay on top for long, though. Stager crushed a homerun to left field that helped FSU trim the deficit to 4-3. McConn continued her hot-hitting day with a no-doubt solo shot to tie the game at four runs apiece.
The dinger was McConn’s second of the year and the third in 2010 for Stager.
FSU managed to get two runs in that inning and Virginia then did the same. The Cavs added two runs in the bottom of the fourth to regain its lead at 6-4.
Stager continued the seesaw battle in the top of the fifth as her double plated Shayla Jackson to make the score 6-5.
Freshman Morgan Bullock and Wynn led off with back-to-back singles in the top of the sixth after Virginia went scoreless in the fifth. After Bullock and Wynn advanced to third and second, respectively, Jackson put FSU on top with a clutch two-out single that score both.
Stager then tripled one batter later to score Jackson and Ahrberg returned the favor with an RBI single that made it 9-6 in Florida State’s favor.
Next up for the Seminoles is the 2010 regular-season finale on Sunday against the Cavaliers. Game time is slated for noon and with a win, FSU would clinch the third seed in the ACC Tournament.