April 3, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla – Florida State senior shortstop Tatiana George showed the over 300 fans in attendance at today’s Atlantic Coast Conference softball game why she’s been a four-year starter for the Seminoles.
The native of Fontanta, Calif., made several spectacular defensive dives that easily would have been singles and she knocked her fourth home run of the season out of the park as FSU defeated Virginia Tech, 5-2, Sunday afternoon at JoAnne Graf Field.
The win marked the 1,300th victory for Seminole Head Softball Coach Dr. JoAnne Graf as the Tribe improved to 23-16 on the season and 6-5 in league play. The Hokies were swept in the three game series and dropped to 30-11 overall and 1-5 in ACC action.
Freshman first baseman Brittany Osmon was 2-for-3 with a double, while center fielder Carly Brieske knocked in two RBIs and notched a run for the Garnet & Gold. Three other Seminoles had a hit: junior Natasha Jacob, second baseman Veronica Wootson, and George. Freshman catcher Melissa Wood, George, and Osmon each tallied an RBI, respectively.
Freshman pitcher Tiffany McDonald (12-3) earned her 12th victory of the season, walked only two batters and had six strikeouts for the home team in seven innings. Katie Maynard took the loss for Virginia Tech and fell to 11-7.
After the Hokies got on the board first with a run in the top of the fourth inning, the Seminoles stormed back with a massive outing in the bottom half of the inning and tallied four runs. George smacked a lead off home run over the center field wall and junior pinch runner Carey Galuppi replaced Wood, who had walked, on first. Senior third baseman Lesley Palmer took a free base on the next at-bat, and sophomore LaShaun Davis put down a sacrifice bunt that advanced Galuppi and Palmer to scoring position.
What resulted on the next play cost the game for the Hokies. With one out, Brieske hit a grounder and Galuppi was caught in a run-down between third and home plate. After the ball tossed back and forth, a bad throw by the catcher passed through the defenders and scored both Galuppi and Palmer; Brieske advanced all the way to third on the error. Two outs followed and the Seminoles finished the inning with a comfortable 4-1 lead.
The Hokies scored one run in the top of the fifth and three runners were left on base after Wootson fielded a hard hit grounder and tossed it to Osmon for the third out.
The Seminoles’ final run of the contest came in the bottom of the fifth inning. Wootson opened up with a double and George advanced her to third thanks to a sacrifice bunt. Wood stepped to the plate and put down a squeeze for an RBI as Wootson reached home safely for the 5-2 advantage.
Hokie shortstop Alisia Narodowski paced her squad with two hits.
The Seminoles take on No. 14 Florida (doubleheader) in Gainesville on Thursday, April 7, at 4:00 p.m. The games will be broadcasted on Sun Sports.