March 16, 2011
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – A masterful performance in the circle by senior pitcher Sarah Hamilton allowed the Florida State University softball team to defeat South Alabama, 6-0, on Wednesday evening at JoAnne Graf Field.
Hamilton (6-9) got the victory after pitching her second one-hitter this season – FSU’s last home game against Wisconsin on March 6 also featured a one-hitter by the Tallahassee native. Hamilton struck out nearly half of her batters faced, fanning 12 to mark her second-most this season. The shutout win is her third of the season.
With 12 strikeouts in tonight’s contest, Hamilton moved past former pitcher Julie Larsen for fourth-place in school history with 835 K’s. She mixed her pitches effectively tonight to throw several South Alabama hitters off balance.
“Sarah threw well for us tonight and gave us what we needed,” said head coach Lonni Alameda. “Our defense looked much better as well and Sarah put virtually no pressure on our players to make plays with the way she was throwing tonight.”
The Jaguars (21-5) entered the game with quality victories this season over Virginia Tech, Central Florida, Ole Miss, Ohio State and UAB. They were hurt by five errors that led to three unearned runs. Starter Hannah Campbell (7-3) absorbed the loss after allowing three earned runs on nine hits in six innings pitched.
Freshman Courtney Senas reached base in all four of her plate appearances, going 3-for-3 with two singles, a double and two stolen bases. Senas now ties teammate Tiffani Brown for the team lead with 13 stolen bases this season.
Junior Shayla Jackson also aided the Seminoles (13-13) offensively, recording two singles. Jackson now has four multiple-hit performances in her last eight games played.
Senior Robin Ahrberg finished 2-for-3 with an RBI, raising her batting average to .355 this season. Fellow senior Jen Lapicki ended her hitting streak at nine games tonight, but holds a .389 average this season.
FSU scored its first run in an unconventional way, as Senas was hit in the helmet while stealing second base on an errant throw on Katy Neal. After ricocheting off her helmet, the ball managed to go nearly all the way to the wall in centerfield, allowing Senas to score easily.
FSU added two more runs in the third inning, then tacked two more on in the fourth after Brown beat out an infield single to shortstop Jenny Stevens that scored Briana Hamilton from third base. Two batters later, Ahrberg hit an RBI single to shallow right field, extending the lead to 5-0. Another run was then added in the sixth when Ashley Stager scored on a passed ball.
FSU begins Atlantic Coast Conference play this weekend on the road at North Carolina State. A twinbill is set for Saturday, March 19, beginning at 1 p.m., followed by a noon matchup on Sunday.