May 3, 2009
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The No. 17 Florida State softball team brought out the brooms to Shea Field as it completed the final regular season sweep over Boston College with a 4-0 shutout on Sunday afternoon. The Seminoles, now 41-13 and 17-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, will take their 12-game winning streak to the conference tournament starting May 8 as the No. 2-seed where they will once again face the Eagles at 2:30 p.m. on Friday.
"It was nice to get another sweep," Florida State head coach Lonni Alameda said. "Three weekends in a row is a great confidence booster for the team going into the ACC Tournament next week. The team did a great job and we were able to work all three pitchers in the circle today. It was just a great day."
Sophomore pitcher Sarah Hamilton (17-5) started in the circle for the Noles and picked up another shutout win while giving up just two hits and adding seven strikeouts to her résumé this season. With 255 punch outs, the Tallahassee native is now tied for fifth in the FSU single-season Top 10 record book.
Florida State was on the board early in today's game, scoring two unearned runs in the second inning. Starting things off was junior Monica Montez who drew a walk off BC pitcher, Cassie Gage. With two outs, sophomore Kristie McConn hit a short hopper to the third baseman and would reach base safely and advance Montez when the first baseman, Dani Weir, was unable to field the throw.
With runners on first and second, Brittany Joseph would also draw a walk on a full count to load the bases as leadoff batter Shayla Jackson would step to the plate and pick up a nice hit to shallow center that would score Montez and McConn.
The bats really broke out in the third inning as the Seminoles picked up five hits, one of which belonged to sophomore Ashley Stager who picked up her sixth home run of the season. As the line drive was sent to the perfect spot in left field, the Eagles defense couldn't get there in time and the ball would knick the top of the fence and land on the outside for the two-run homer.
Florida State would hold tight to its 4-0 lead as Terese Gober would enter for Hamilton in the bottom of the fifth. The junior gave up just two hits, one walk and struck out three in 2.1 innings of work before relieved by sophomore Lauren Varsalona with one out.
BC's Blair Destito drew a walk off Varsalona to put a runner on for the home team. The next batter Varsalona faced grounded out to Michelle Snyder at third but was followed by a single from Gemma Ypparila that would put runners on first and second with two outs.
Leadoff batter Brittany Wilkins would take a ball off the shoulder to load the bases for the Eagles in an attempt to prevent a shutout. But the crafty Florida State defense would stay strong and pick up the third out as Stager flipped the ball to second baseman McConn to send Ypparila back to the dugout and complete the sweep.
With the best ACC record in program history, the Seminoles will enter the ACC Tournament (May 8-10) as the No. 2-seed and once again face the Eagles in the first game on Friday. These teams also met in their first game of the tourney last season which ended in a 5-1 FSU victory in nine-innings.