Feb. 20, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 20/23 Florida State softball team will play in Sunday’s Seminole Classic championship game after defeating Gardner-Webb twice on Saturday by scores of 7-0 and 5-0.
The Seminoles (9-1), who have now shutout their opponents in four-straight ballgames, will play the winner of Saturday evening’s Coastal Carolina versus South Dakota State matchup.
“The kids are just out there having fun but also working very hard,” FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “After two good games Saturday we are excited to play in the championship game tomorrow.”
Tiffani Brown put an end to a scoreless game in the bottom of the fourth inning of the ‘Noles first game. FSU’s freshman third baseman brought Courtney Rosen home with a clutch, two-out triple off the right-center wall.
Two innings later, Brown was once again the centerpiece of some Seminole scoring. After she delivered Kristie McConn to third base with a single up the middle, Carly Wynn’s RBI single made it a 2-0 score.
Right fielder Shayla Jackson then made it 3-0 with a sacrifice fly to center field that plated Brown and designated player/catcher Robin Ahrberg’s RBI single up the middle pushed the lead to 4-0 in favor of the ‘Noles.
Once again, a hit up middle changed the scoreboard when senior Tory Haddad sent a shot right past the circle. Haddad’s single plated junior Jen Lapicki and junior Ashley Stager. A Gardner-Webb fielding error then let Ahrberg race across home plate for a 7-0 lead for the home squad.
Haddad finished the game with a contest-best two RBIs. Wynn, Jackson, Ahrberg and Brown all batted one run in each.
Gober was nearly flawless in the circle as she remained undefeated on the young season. The senior hurler threw seven innings with just one hit and 11 strikeouts and no walks.
In the second game of the day – the first of tournament play – No. 1-seeded FSU got on the board first against No. 4-seeded Gardner-Webb in the bottom of the second.
Lapicki muscled the first pitch she saw over the left field wall for her first bomb as a Seminole after transferring from Tennessee.
“It felt good to hit it out,” Lapicki said. “We work hard in practice every day finding our spots. We hit the ball well out there.”
In the fifth inning, Ahrberg connected for an RBI single that sent Jackson to third and Wynn home. A batter later, Lapicki added to her run total a line drive up the middle to score Jackson and Ahrberg and give Florida State a 4-0 advantage.
Lapicki was able to get safely home on a passed ball later that inning, which made the score 5-0.
For the game, Lapicki led all players with three RBIs and Ahrberg had one of her own.
Junior Sarah Hamilton got the win thanks to a dominating performance. The Tallahassee native went all seven innings, striking out 11 of the 22 batters she faced and gave up just two hits and no walks.
With the win, Hamilton improved her record to 3-1 on the year.