March 1, 2008
Columbus, Ga. – Florida State just missed taking down No. 4 Tennessee in day two of the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga., on March 1. The 11-8 Seminoles scored five runs in the 8-5 loss, notching the most runs the 17-1 Lady Vols have given up in a single game this season.
Taking the loss against the Lady Vols was sophomore Terese Gober who entered in the top of the third for freshman Sarah Hamilton. Gober is now 5-6 this year, with a 2.02 ERA after striking out six and allowing three hits and five runs, three of them earned.
Tennessee scored first in the top of the second and followed with two runs in the third. The Seminoles would answer in the bottom of the fourth as senior Brittany Osmon knocked a two-run homer over the right field fence, bringing in Carly Wynn from first.
Osmon led Florida State against the Lady Vols with one of her best games of the season. The San Diego, Calif., native went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI’s against Tennessee to improve her average to .321. Osmon is now tied for second on the Seminole squad with 14 RBI’s and three home runs.
Tennessee scored two runs in the third and sixth to stretch the lead 5-2, but Florida State would make a charging comeback in the bottom of six. A single down the left field line by Osmon kicked off the bottom of the sixth as she advanced to second off a single by sophomore Monica Montez into left field. With runners of first and second and two outs on the board, freshman Ashley Stager stepped up to the plate. Stager would reach on a fielder error by Tennessee’s second baseman, advancing Osmon and Montez one base apiece.
Michelle Snyder batted in the eighth hole, knocking a single to the third baseman to bring Osmon home on her seventh RBI of the season. Sophomore Camille Garcia entered the line-up pinch hitting for Kristie McConn. Garcia hit a nice single up the middle, bringing in Montez and Stager to tie it up at five apiece.
With six outs left in the game and the score tied, the Lady Vols started at the top of their line-up with Lillian Hammond who was walked by Gober who would walk the next batter and advance the third on a hit by pitch call. With bases loaded, Shannon Doepking hit a nice single into left field to bring in an RBI from third. Tennessee would go on to score two additional runs off a walk and a single to go three up on the Seminoles.
Florida State was down 8-5 with three outs left to stay in the game with the Lady Vols’ pitcher Megan Rhodes re-entering the game after being relieved by Ashton Ward in the bottom of the fourth.
Osmon would be the only Seminole to reach a base in the seventh, hitting a nice double into left center. A line drive to the shortstop from Allison Collins would be the third out and end the game with a final score of 8-5.
With the tournament record at 2-1 for FSU, the Seminoles must turn-around to face No. 2 Texas A&M in the second game on Saturday. The Aggies and Seminoles will meet for the ninth time in the history of both programs with the series tied at 4-4.