Softball shutout twice by Florida State, 8-0 & 3-0

April 17, 2007

Box Score

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State used a back-to-back shutouts by its pitching staff to sweep the JU softball team, 8-0 (6) & 3-0, in a non-conference doubleheader at Dr. JoAnne Graf Field on Tuesday afternoon.

Terese Gober (9-4) pitched a no-hitter to help the Seminoles (33-19) earn the game one win, while Melissa May (10-4) hurled a four-hit shutout to secure the game two victory. The Dolphins (15-37) dropped their first doubleheader to the Seminoles in four seasons.

"We got caught off guard a little bit today," said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. "In game one, we came out flat because we haven't seen that good of pitching in a while. Our team battled in the second game, but couldn't get the big hit that we needed."

Offensively, freshman Ashley Mora had two singles in the second game to lead the Dolphins. Renee LaCroix and Jillian Mirante also tallied hits in game two.

Monica Montez, niece of JU baseball associate head coach Tim Monetz, drove in three runs in game one to lead the Seminoles, while Brittany Osmon added a home run and triple for Florida State in the second game.

In the second game, JU starter and eventual losing pitcher Ashley Iveson held the Seminoles hitless over the first two innings until allowing a bunt single by Veronica Wootson to start the third inning.

Wootson stole second on the next pitch in the inning and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Montez. Carly May followed with a squeeze bunt to score Wootson and give the Seminoles a 1-0 lead.

Trailing 1-0 in the sixth inning, the Dolphins recorded consecutive one-outs singles from LaCroix and Mora, but May retired the next two batters to quash the Dolphins' rally.

Jessica Gilmore and Osmon hit back-to-back one-out home runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to help Florida State secure the 3-0 win.

Ivseon (5-11) surrendered three runs on six hits, while striking out two batters in six innings for the Dolphins.

May struck out five batters and allowed one walk for the Seminoles in the victory.

In game one, the Seminoles gained an early 1-0 lead in the first inning from a RBI single by Montez to score Wootson. Wootson led off the inning with a triple to left field before scoring on the Monetz's single.

Florida State extended its advantage to 5-0 in the fourth inning after plating four runs on three hits and two JU errors.

Gilmore opened the fourth inning with a walk for the Seminoles .and moved to third on the next play when Simone Bruemmer nailed Robin Ahrberg in the back of the helmet on a sacrifice bunt. Kelly Langston followed with a bloop single to right field to score Gilmore to give the Seminoles a 3-0 lead.

In the next at-bat, Kayla Collins plated Moore on an infield single to shortstop, while Langston also scored on the play from a throwing error by LaCroix to make it a 4-0 Seminoles' advantage. Montez later brought home Courtney Rosen on a groundout to cap off the four-run inning.

Collins gave Florida State some more breathing room in the fifth inning with a two-out two-run single to plate Yuruby Alicart and Gilmore for a 7-0 lead.

In the sixth inning, Wootson scored on a fielder's choice by Montez after reaching on three-base error to secure the Seminoles' win.

Amber Moseley recorded a hit-by-pitch with out in the sixth inning and Valerie Alter followed with a walk, but JU couldn't muster anything else as Gober worked out of her only jam in the contest.

Gober fanned 10 batters and retired 18 of the 20 JU batters she faced to earn the victory.

Jensen (4-15) took the loss for the Dolphins, allowing eight runs (five earned) on 10 hits, while striking out five in five innings.

The Dolphins are back in action on Friday as they head to the state of Georgia for an Atlantic Sun Conference doubleheader against Kennesaw State at 3 p.m.