May 21, 2005
AUBURN, Ala.– It was a rollercoaster of a game Saturday afternoon as the Seminoles (34-27) took an early lead before the 10th-ranked Baylor Bears (49-12), despite committing four errors, rallied behind 12 hits and defeated Florida State, 9-5, in NCAA Softball Regional Championship play on the campus of Auburn University. The Seminoles drop to the loser’s bracket and are scheduled to face Auburn at approximately 8:30 p.m. (ET) tonight. Live stats and audio are available.
Freshman pitcher Tiffany McDonald (14-10) took the loss after hurling 3.0 innings, giving up four runs on five hits.
For the sixth straight contest, Seminole batters Natasha Jacob (2-for-3), Veronica Wootson (3-for-4) and Brittany Osmon (1-for-3) powered the offense. Jacob extended her hit streak to 22 straight games.
The Seminoles got on board first after three Baylor errors in the third inning chalked up three runs for Florida State for the early lead. With Wootson on third base, senior Tatiana George executed a perfect sqeeeze play, scoring her for the first run (1-0). Osmon smacked an RBI single in the inning and George touched home on an error as FSU went to the top of the fourth with a 3-0 advantage.
However, Baylor powered its way back into the contest with five runs off of five hits and no errors in the fourth inning and took a two-run advantage, 5-3. McDonald replaced starting pitcher Casey Hunter in the top of the fifth and she left the game after tossing four innings with the score 5-5.
The Tribe would even the game at 5-all with one run in both the fourth and fifth innings. Wootson had a RBI double in the fourth and freshman Whitney Buckmon added a RBI triple in the fifth to tie the game. Buckmon missed almost 20 games this season with mono and returned to the lineup recently to record her first collegiate triple.
The Seminoles managed to get just one player on base the final two innings and the Bears tacked on four more runs for the 9-5 win.
BU pitcher Lisa Ferguson claimed the victory after providing relief to improve to 19-5 on the season.
The Seminoles will have a rematch with No. 18 Auburn tonight at 8:30 p.m. (ET) and the winner will have to beat Baylor twice to advance to the Sauper Regional of the NCAA Softball Championship.