Feb. 9, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
For the second time this weekend, the 15th-ranked Seminoles stranded double-digit base runners and lost to a ranked opponent as No. 22 South Carolina (2-1) downed FSU 4-0 in the Seminole Challenge Tournament. Florida State (4-3) stranded 10 runners against the Gamecocks and has now left 30 on base for the tournament as FSU dropped its third straight game for the first time since the middle of the 2000 season and fell to 0-3 in the tournament.
The Seminoles fell behind the Gamecocks 1-0 in the top of the second when Debralee Troesh doubled to center scoring Adrianna Baggetta with the game’s first run. South Carolina extended its lead to 2-0 in the top of the fourth when Meghan Cornett doubled to center and was brought home off a Baggetta single up the middle.
Gamecock starter Megan Matthews cruised until the fifth when FSU threatened to cut into USC’s lead. Kimmy Carter laced a one-out double to center field and advanced to second when Bryttani Lindheim reached on a South Carolina error. The Seminoles were unable to capitalize and still trailed 2-0 as the game moved into the sixth.
Florida State threatened again in the sixth when Monique Marier singled up the middle with one out and was followed by Julie Jordan who singled through the left side. After pinch-hitter Jackie Hirschfeld was hit by a pitch, the Seminoles were once again were unable to capitalize on a bases loaded situation leaving their eight, ninth and tenth runners of the game stranded.
The Gamecocks put the game away in the top of the seventh when they touched starter Leslie Malerich (2-2) for two insurance runs and improved to 2-1 in the Seminole Challenge. The Seminoles will wrap-up tournament action at 5:00 p.m. when they face Louisville (0-1) who will play their second game versus No. 9 Washington at 3:00 p.m. All regular season games at FSU’s Seminole Softball Complex are free. For complete coverage of Seminole softball please visit our official athletic website at www.seminoles.com.