March 15, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 21st-ranked Florida State softball team has a final tune-up tonight against Iowa State before traveling to Fullerton, Calif., to participate in the 2005 Kia Klassic. The Seminoles, who are 19-9 overall and 3-2 in ACC, face Iowa State in a non-conference match-up at the Seminole Softball Complex. First pitch will be tossed at 6:00 p.m.
Live GameTracker and audio are available for this evening’s outing.
This past weekend, the Tribe finished as the runner-up of the 2005 FSU Invitational after posting a 4-1 weekend and falling, 4-0, to Southern Illinois in the finale. The Seminoles took on the Cyclones during the first game and captured a 1-0 win. There were six and a half scoreless innings in the game until Veronica Wootson led off with a single to left field in the bottom of the seventh and Melissa Wood, riding a three-game hit streak, followed with a double to score the speedy second baseman. Her hit sealed the victory for the home team. Florida State had five hits in the game, including a 2-for-2 performance by right fielder LaShaun Davis and freshman center fielder Whitney Buckmon produced a single.
Florida State’s top offensive player, Natasha Jacob, was named Offensive MVP after going a perfect 4-for-4 and 3-for-3 against Radford and Southern Illinois, respectively. She hit a team-high .667 in five games during the FSU Invitational, producing a team-best 10 hits and 11 total bases. She slugged .773 and got on base 68 percent of the time.
Alyssa Ransom (3-8) was handed with the loss for Iowa State and Hunter (10-7) earned the win after pitching a complete game. She allowed four hits, walked two and struck out nine, respectively.
The Cyclones are 7-13 on the season and defeated Florida A&M, 7-4, on Sunday during Iowa State’s final game of the FSU Invitational. ISU finished the 2005 Florida State Tournament with a 2-3 record with wins against Eastern Kentucky and Florida A&M, while falling to Radford (6-4), Florida State (1-0) and Saint Joseph’s (7-2).
Sophomore Katie Reichling was named to the All-Tournament Team, making it back-to-back weeks that a Cyclone has earned tournament accolades.
The Tribe will leave for California this week to take on Texas, Arizona and Long Beach State during pool play at the Kia Klassic. The Seminoles face the Longhorns Friday at noon.