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May 13, 2011
ATLANTA, Ga. - Fourth-seeded Florida State scored seven runs over two innings to secure a 9-2 victory against fifth-seeded Virginia Tech in game four of the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Championship Friday at Mewborn Field in Atlanta, Ga.
With the win, Florida State improves to 28-26 (9-11 ACC). The Seminoles advance to the semifinals where they will face eighth-seeded Virginia, which earlier knocked off top-seeded Georgia Tech. Florida State took two of three against the Cavaliers in Tallahassee in April. Virginia Tech falls to 37-20 (9-12 ACC). The Hokies maintain a 3-2 lead against the Seminoles in conference tournament competition.
Senior pitcher Sarah Hamilton, a second team All-ACC honoree, earned the complete game win to move to 17-17 on the season. She surrendered just two earned runs on three hits and struck out six batters.
Hokies' senior pitcher Kenzie Roark took the loss to move to 18-9 on the season. She tossed five innings, giving up three earned runs on nine hits while fanning two. Sophomore Jasmin Harrell also saw action, pitching one inning. She allowed four earned runs on four hits, striking out two.
Sophomore infielder Tiffani Brown led Florida State at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored. Three more Seminoles tallied two hits apiece, including senior first baseman Jen Lapicki, sophomore leftfielder Morgan Bullock and freshman centerfielder Courtney Senas. Senas also recorded two stolen bases.
A trio of Hokie sophomores each registered a hit in the game, including first baseman and first team All-ACC pick Courtney Liddle, catcher Betty Rose and second baseman Bkaye Smith. Rose drove in two runs.
Brown got things started for Florida State, sending a solo home run down the right field line in the bottom of the first inning.
That score would stand until the bottom of the fourth when the Seminoles added another run. Senior shortstop Ashley Stager hit a sacrifice fly to left field scoring redshirt sophomore Amber Bryant, who had come on as a pinch runner.
The Hokies responded immediately in the top of the fifth to tie the game at two all. Rose sent a pitch beyond the left field wall to score sophomore Sarah Ashby, a pinch runner.
Florida State took the lead once again in the bottom of the fifth and stretched its advantage to four runs. Senior infielder Kristie McConn homered to left field to bring in Lapicki. Three batters later Senas hit a single and drove in Bullock. Senas crossed home plate two batters later as Brown singled down the leftfield line.
The Seminoles tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the sixth. On as a pinch runner, sophomore Kirstin Austin scored on an error by the shortstop. Another miscue by the shortstop brought two more Seminoles across the plate including McConn and sophomore Briar Stanley. The Hokies finished the game with three errors.
Hamilton closed out the seventh with no hits as the first three batters each hit into an out to secure a 9-2 victory for the Seminoles.
A live web-stream of both semifinal games tomorrow will be available via The ACC Network on theACC.com.