March 17, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – Florida State’s Celeste Gomez hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to give Florida State a 4-3 win over Minnesota in the final game of the Sunshine Classic.
The Gophers (16-10) and Seminoles had exchanged the lead three times before Gomez’s decisive home run to left center provided the eventual winning runs.
Minnesota opened the scoring with a single run in the top of the fourth. Sophomore third baseman Kaitlyn Richardson opened the inning by getting hit by a pitch, and she stole second base before scoring on a two-out single up the middle by senior first baseman Alex Davis.
But the Seminoles (22-9) responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth, when pinch hitter Bailey Schinella hit a two-out single to center to give Florida State a 2-1 lead.
The Gophers came right back in the top of the fifth, as sophomore left fielder Erica Meyer and sophomore shortstop Tyler Walker scored on a two-out single up the middle by junior center fielder Bree Blanchette.
That set the stage for the bottom of the sixth, when Kirtin Austin led off the inning by drawing a walk and Gomez came up with her one-out home run to left center off of Minnesota start Sara Moulton (14-6).
Blanchette was 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Richardson went 1-for-2 with her eighth double of the season and scored a run. In the circle, Moulton went 6.0 IP, allowing five hits and four earned runs, while striking out eight and issuing just a pair of walks.
Minnesota finished with a record of 3-1 at the Sunshine Classic, and the Gophers have won 11 of their past 14 games. Minnesota has two more games scheduled during its Spring Break trip to Tallahassee, as it faces Florida A&M in a doubleheader on Tuesday. First pitch of the opening game versus FAMU is set for 3:00 p.m. CT.