May 22, 2010
ATHENS, Ga. — The No. 24 Florida State softball team’s 2010 season came to a close Saturday at the UGA Softball Stadium in Athens, Ga.
The Seminoles (44-18) were eliminated from the NCAA Softball Championship after a 5-2 loss to host Georgia and then 3-2 setback to Radford.
Junior Sarah Hamilton started and took the loss to the No. 9 Bulldogs (45-11). The Tallahassee native tossed three and 2/3 innings of six-hit ball in that game.
In both games, senior Terese Gober came on in relief. Gober’s stellar Seminole career came to an end in the loss to the Highlanders (38-16). She gave up one run on three hits.
Offensively, freshman Tiffani Brown knocked in FSU’s lone RBI in the UGA game on her team-best two hits. Juniors Ashley Stager and Robin Ahrberg had the two RBIs against Radford. Senior Carly Wynn, Brown and Ahrberg all had two hits in the ‘Noles’ final game of the year.
Just as they did a day earlier in a 10-1 run-rule victory over the Highlanders, FSU began Saturday’s game at a torrid pace.
Back-to-back hits by Wynn and Brown put runners in scoring position and Stager scored one of them with an RBI single. Ahrberg then followed her teammate’s lead with an RBI single of her own that gave the Seminoles a 2-0 in the top of the first.
Unlike Friday’s game, Radford was able to bounce back, though.
The Highlanders benefitted from solo homeruns in the second and third innings and then scored a third run in the bottom of the fifth to take a 3-2 lead.
With two outs in the top of the final inning, it appeared as though the Seminoles weren’t ready to conclude their season. Freshman Morgan Bullock reached base on a fielding error and then Wynn smashed a single to left field.
Wynn’s clutch hit was certainly exciting but it ultimately resulted in Florida State’s downfall. Bullock rounded second on the play but was then thrown out at third base for the final out.
Georgia nearly scored a run in the top of the first to start the day but Wynn’s on-the-money throw from the outfield to home plate kept the Bulldogs off the board on the put-out. UGA then loaded the bases with no outs in the third but Hamilton got three-straight outs to preserve the scoreless ballgame.
That zero-zero tie then officially came to an end in the fourth inning when an error in the field by the Seminoles led to a Bulldogs run. UGA then added another run to make it 2-0.
The bottom half of the fourth inning also saw the end of something else: Georgia’s no-hit attempt.
Brown connected for the ‘Noles first hit of the contest with her liner up the middle. A grounder by sophomore Shayla Jackson then moved Brown to second with just one out but FSU unfortunately couldn’t turn that first hit into any runs.
Junior Kristie McConn’s sacrifice bunt then pushed Courtney Rosen, who came in to run for Lapicki, and Brittany Joseph, who came in for Haddad, to third and second, respectively. A Bullock strikeout and Wynn intentional walk loaded the bases with two outs for Brown.
FSU’s hottest hitter of late, Brown punched an RBI single to center field that plated Rosen. Joseph then dashed home on a wild pitch that cut the UGA advantage to 3-2.
The ‘Noles wouldn’t get any closer as Georgia scored two more runs before the game’s conclusion.