Tallahassee, FL - The Florida State University softball team faces Florida A&M on Wednesday, March 23, in a cross-town matchup at Lady Rattler Softball Complex on Florida A&M’s campus. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.
The game marks the second time both teams have met this season. On Feb. 15, the Seminoles (15-14, 2-1) used a pinch-hit two-run home run by freshman Kelly Hensley to get past the Rattlers (13-16), 8-5, at JoAnne Graf Field. In that contest, sophomore pitcher Morgan Bullock picked up the win in relief, while senior pitcher Sarah Hamilton earned her first save of the season.
Overall, FSU has a 99-7 all-time record against Florida A&M dating back to 1984.
The Seminoles were boosted by the hitting of fifth-year senior Robin Ahrberg while gaining a key series victory in its ACC opener at North Carolina State last week. For the week, Ahrberg finished 7-for-14 with two home runs, five RBIs, two runs scored and a 1.000 slugging percentage. The Stillwater, Okla, native recorded her first career multiple-home run game as a Seminole, which included the game-winning solo blast in the seventh inning to give FSU the lead for good at 3-2.
Ahrberg becomes the first Seminole to hit multiple home runs in one game since former great Veronica Wootson hit two at Georgia Tech on April 7, 2007. Then-freshman Carly Wynn also had a two home-run performance in the same season on March 9, 2007, against Georgia State.
Hamilton also provided a spark for FSU in the circle against the Wolfpack. In two games started, the Seminole ace threw two complete games, picked up two wins and allowed just three earned runs in 14 innings pitched with 11 strikeouts. She finished with three victories overall last week and had a 1.00 ERA.
Florida State’s victory over N.C. State in the rubber game of the series on March 20 was its first of the season when trailing after five innings. The Seminoles trailed 2-1 through five innings, then tied it in the sixth on Ashley Stager’s game-tying home run, her fifth of the season. FSU then amassed five runs in the seventh inning to take control of the game and seize an important series win.
Stager’s solo round-tripper versus the Wolfpack elevated the Trinity, Fla., native to sole possession of seventh place on the school’s all-time home runs list with 18. She is one away from tying her season high of six set in her sophomore year.
Providing protection at the top or bottom of the batting order, junior Shayla Jackson has shown her consistency at the plate all season. In four of her last five games played, Jackson has achieved multiple-hit performances. She is second on the team with 10 multi-hit games this season, trailing only Ahrberg’s 11.
Against FSU this season, Florida A&M pitcher Whitney Robinson finished 3-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. Tera Ganer went 2-for-4 with an RBI as the Rattlers produced nine base hits. Robinson endured the loss after allowing six runs on seven hits in four innings pitched.
Wednesday’s matchup can be followed by accessing in-game updates on FSU softball’s official Twitter account - @FSU_softball.