TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The 23rd-ranked Florida State University softball team could not muster enough offense to overcome Hofstra’s superb pitching as it lost to the Pride, 2-0, in the championship game of the Seminole Kickoff Classic on Sunday afternoon at JoAnne Graf Field.
The Seminoles (2-3) produced two hits in today’s contest – a double by senior Ashley Stager and a two-out single to right field by Jen Lapicki with two outs in the ninth inning. Hofstra right-hander Olivia Galati (2-1) was able to overcome her loss to FSU yesterday with seven strikeouts in seven innings and no runs allowed in the victory today.
“That was a good team that we lost to today,” head coach Lonni Alameda said. “It was good for us to get back into the swing of things this weekend, and we’ll continue to get better as a team going forward.”
Spoiled in today’s loss was FSU starter Sarah Hamilton (1-2), who recorded eight strikeouts, allowed four hits and surrendered two runs in six innings pitched. The Tallahassee native was effective yet again for her hometown team, with her only blemish being a two-run home run on a 1-2 pitch to Hofstra’s Lauren Valentino in the fourth inning.
Hofstra’s first and only round-tripper was also its first hit of the contest. Hamilton escaped various jams throughout the contest, with the Pride (4-1) leaving seven runners on base in the game.
FSU had minimal chances to cross the plate, although its best shot may have come in the second inning. After Stager’s double led off the frame, freshman Courtney Senas flew out to right field to advance Stager to third base. However, two consecutive strikeouts by the Seminoles spoiled their chances of getting a run against one of the country’s better starting pitchers.
Senas ended her first weekend in impressive fashion, finishing 6-for-16 with two RBIs and a double. Senior Jen Lapicki went 4-for-12 overall with six RBIs and a double.
FSU returns to JoAnne Graf Field for a matchup against Florida A&M on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m. The game is being promoted as “Light up the Park Night,” with fans receiving free glowsticks for the contest.
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