April 17, 2010
BLACKSBURG, Va. – The No. 16 Florida State softball team fell in both games of Saturday’s doubleheader against Virginia Tech. Game scores were 8-7 and 5-4.
As the scores would indicate, both games in Blacksburg, Va. came down to the final inning with the Hokies (18-27, 5-9 Atlantic Coast Conference) getting winning runs in the bottom half the seventh in each of the two contests.
With Saturday’s outcome, FSU moves to 36-12 overall and 8-6 in the ACC.
Junior Sarah Hamilton started the first game and lasted three and 2/3 of an inning before being replaced by senior Terese Gober. Hamilton’s final stat-line in the first game read two earned runs, seven strikeouts and one walk.
Gober pitched three complete innings, allowed five earned runs, struck out four and walked two in taking just her fifth loss of the year.
In the second game, Gober got the starting nod in the circle and pitched six innings. She gave up five runs and struck out three. On offense, sophomore Shayla Jackson had two RBIs while Brown and senior Tory Haddad batted in a run.
Florida State jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on Saturday thanks to Wynn’s leadoff homerun over the left field wall in the top of the first inning. Brown then reached on an error and Lapicki sent her home with a triple to center field that made it 2-0.
But Virginia Tech got those runs back in the bottom half of the first as Misty Hall’s two-run homerun knotted the score.
In the second, McConn’s RBI double plated Monica Montez to recapture the FSU lead, 3-2.
Montez singled to start the fourth before being replaced by true freshman Morgan Bullock on the base paths and then Wynn drew a walk. After both players advanced to third and second, respectively, on a wild pitch, Brown’s two-out, two-RBI double to the gap between left and center field pushed the Seminoles’ lead to 5-2.
After the Hokies added a third run in the bottom of the fourth, the ‘Noles jammed the bases with two outs in the fifth. McConn stepped to the plate and delivered, scoring Ashley Stager and Lapicki and moving Bullock to third for a 7-3 score.
Virginia Tech scored a run in the fifth to make it 7-4 but it looked like FSU wouldn’t be threatened much further.
The Hokies had other plans, though, and Hall blasted a two-out, three-run homerun in the bottom of the seventh that tied it at 7-7. Courtney Liddle then doubled one batter later and she was then driven home for the game-winning run.
In the second game, Virginia Tech’s hot-hitting continued as it kicked off the first inning with a solo homerun.
Brown’s infield shot then plated Wynn in the third inning to tie the game at one apiece. Wynn had reached base with a hard-hit triple to the center field wall.
The Hokies threatened in the bottom of the third by juicing the bases with just one out. But Gober got out of the sticky situation and preserved the 1-1 tie.
FSU found itself trailing once again after Virginia Tech generated a run in the fourth. In the top of the fifth, Brittany Joseph and Bullock got on third and second, respectively, and the ever-so-clutch Jackson sent them both home with a bloop single to center field.
But the lead was shortlived.
A double in the sixth inning by Haddad that scored Stager from second base retied the game after the Hokies had scored two runs in the fifth.
Deadlocked at 4-4, Hall crushed the first pitch she saw in the bottom of the seventh for the game-winning score. The long ball was Hall’s third home run of the day.
Florida State’s next game will be Sunday at noon as it closes out the series against Virginia Tech.