April 10, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The No. 16 Florida State softball team earned its 11th and 12th victories in 13 games Saturday afternoon as the Seminoles defeated NC State in back-to-back contests, 4-2 and 5-0.
With the two wins, FSU (36-7 overall) improved to 8-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Wolfpack (23-17) dropped to 6-5 in the conference.
“I don’t really pay too much attention to the stats,” FSU head coach Lonni Alameda said. “So we don’t talk too much about how many games we have won over a certain span or anything like that. But I think that if you are doing all the little things right and you keep pushing and pushing you will be alright.
“We are doing a good job of that right now.”
Junior Sarah Hamilton earned her 18th win of the season in the opening game as she pitched the duration and gave up just runs. She also struck out 10 of the 23 batters she faced and walked just one.
In the second game of the doubleheader, senior Terese Gober went six and 2/3 innings. The McDonough, Ga. allowed four hits, gave up no runs and struck out four batters.
The ‘Noles opened the early televised game with a leadoff single from Wynn. After the speedy center fielder reached second on a wild pitch, Jackson sent her home with a single to left field.
Lapicki then reached first on an error by the shortstop and Jackson dashed to third. Haddad’s well-placed bunt then sent Jackson home for a 2-0 advantage. Rosen’s walk with the bases loaded then pushed the lead to 3-0.
Junior Ashley Stager scored from third base in the bottom of the third inning when Bullock stole second base and the pickoff attempt sailed into the outfield.
Down 4-0, the Wolfpack cut the FSU lead in half with a two-run fifth inning.
Like she did in the first game, Wynn got things going in the second contest with a leadoff single. After Brown reached base on an NC State error, Lapicki sent two runs home with a nice double off the center field wall that made it a 2-0 game.
Florida State’s talented starting catcher then added two more runs to the scoreboard when her two-run single in the second scored Wynn and Monica Montez.
FSU loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth with one out and Brown was able to make it a 5-0 ballgame with a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Stager.
Next up for the Seminoles is one more matchup with NC State. The two will tussle once more on Sunday at noon.