March 10, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Four runs in the third and fifth innings were more than enough for the Florida State softball team as it stayed perfect in the FSU Invitational and captured the top seed in its pool. The No. 25 Seminoles won their fourth-game in a row as they beat Maine, 9-1, in five innings on Saturday (March 10).
The Seminoles swept pool play as they improved to 16-7 on the year. The Black Bears dropped to 11-7. Florida State will get the fourth seeded team from Pool B at 6:30 p.m.
Running her record to 5-2 on the year was freshman starter Terese Gober (McDonough, Ga.) as she picked up the victory. The right-hander gave up the lone run on one hit with six strikeouts and one walk. Taking the loss was the Black Bears' Jessica Ghazali.
FSU pounded out a season-high 14 hits as six different players had multi-hit games. Leading the way was Player of the Year candidate Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) as she went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and designated player Robin Ahrberg (Stillwater, Okla.) as she went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored.
First baseman Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) had the best all-around day, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Also notching a pair of RBIs was catcher Brittany Krbec (Orlando, Fla.) as part of her 2-for-3 performance. Left fielder Monica Montez (Corona, Calif.) and third baseman Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) each went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
"Our last two games we weren't very aggressive at the plate so I like the way we came out today," FSU head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said. "I thought Terese bounced back nicely after a couple of rough outings and if we're going to be successful we need her to pitch well."
For the third game in a row the Seminoles jumped out to a lead with a run in the bottom of the first. Wootson led off with a single and stole a pair of bases before a double by Krbec scored her with the first run of the game.
The third inning started just like the first for Florida State, but this time the Seminoles added four more runs to take a 5-0 lead. Wootson walked, stole second and came around on Krbec's second double of the day. One out later, Ahrberg started a string of three-straight singles to score pinch runner Courtney Rosen (Sugarland, Texas). Ahrberg, who moved up to second a throw home, came around to score on a single by first baseman Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) who scored the same way as Ahrberg on a Monica Montez (Corona, Calif.) single.
Maine got its lone run of the day on a ground out by Alexis Souhlaris after Kristie Hawkins broke up Gober's no hitter. Florida State tacked on four more runs in the fifth inning to win by the eight-run rule.
Shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) started the inning with a walk and scored on a triple by Ahrberg. Osmon's second single of the day scored Ahrberg then she came around to score on a Snyder's second hit in as many innings. Wootson's third single of the day loaded the bases then a ground out by LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) plated Carly Wynn (Sharpsburg, Ga.) to end the game.
The Seminoles start bracket play at 6:30 p.m. at JoAnne Graf Field against the winner of the Florida A&M-Buffalo game.