RALEIGH, N.C. (seminoles.com) – Senior Robin Ahrberg’s two home runs on Sunday afternoon powered the Florida State University softball team to a 7-2 comeback win over N.C. State, allowing FSU to take the series in conference-opening weekend.
Ahrberg’s game-winning blast came in the top of the seventh, a solo shot that gave the Seminoles (15-14, 2-1) the lead for good. She also hit a solo home run in the fifth inning that gave FSU’s its first run. The Stillwater, Okla., native now has four round-trippers this season, and had a gutsy performance this weekend after injuring her ankle in the mid-week contest against South Alabama.
FSU showed its resiliency by notching five runs in the top of the seventh.
“Robin really showed her toughness today. I’m not surprised at all that she came through like she did today,” coach Lonni Alameda said. “It was a great effort by our team not to get discouraged after being down early, and we just continued to chip away until finally taking control in the seventh.”
Adding to Ahrberg’s seventh-inning blast, the game was blown open by four more runs in the final inning. Briana Hamilton hit a long fly ball to centerfield with one out and the bases loaded that was dropped by centerfielder Landon Warren. The error brought in two runs, as Hamilton was credited with reaching base on an error as well as a sacrifice fly. Kristie McConn then hit an RBI single up the middle, and Tiffani Brown finished the scoring with a chopping RBI double to right field.
Sarah Hamilton (8-9) earned her third win this week, including her second against the Wolfpack (13-12, 1-2) this weekend. Hamilton allowed just one earned run on four hits with two strikeouts.
Brown, Jackson and Ahrberg each amassed two hits apiece today, while FSU outhit N.C. State, 10-4.
FSU had a chance to cross the plate in the first inning, but three runners were left on base as the Seminoles failed to score any runs. With one out, Jackson hit a slicing double to left field, and Jen Lapicki walked two batters later. Courtney Senas then worked pitcher Kayla Cox (6-7) to a full-count walk before a flyout to centerfield ended the threat.
N.C. State got on the scoreboard in the bottom half, as Bridget Desbois hit a two-out triple down the left field line that plated Alyssa Allbritten from first base. On the same play, Desbois scored on an errant throw to create an early 2-0 lead for the Wolfpack.
Another promising inning was spoiled in the third. Brown led off with a first-pitch single through the left side, and Jackson continued her hot streak at the plate with a bloop single to left field to put two runners on. N.C. State starter Cox settled down and got the next three FSU batters to pop out and strike out twice to prevent any damage.
FSU cut away in the fifth when Ahrberg drove a high 1-0 pitch over the left field wall for her third home run of the season, a solo blast that made it 2-1. Ashley Stager followed the next inning with her fifth home run of the season, tying the game after she hammered a pitch for a line-drive shot down the left field line.
The Seminoles take on Florida A&M in their next game on Wednesday, March 23, at 6 p.m. The game will be played at Florida A&M’s campus in Tallahassee.