Feb. 22, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. –
All the breaks that went the way of the Florida State University softball team in the first game of its doubleheader against Jacksonville weren’t there in the nightcap. The Dolphins took advantage of the limited scoring opportunities as they came away with the 2-1 victory on Wednesday (Feb. 22).
The Seminoles dropped just their third decision of the game as they fell to 9-3 on the year. Jacksonville earned its third split in as many years against Florida State as it improved to 4-10. Despite giving up just one earned run and throwing her second complete game of the season, left hander Melissa May’s (San Diego, Calif.) record fell to 2-2 on the year. JU’s Katie Dobson improved to 2-3.
Just like the first game, there was very little offense between the two teams through the first couple of innings. Jacksonville managed to get the first run of the game in the third inning when Jillian Mirante scored on a sacrifice fly from Stephanie Farabee. The Dolphins added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth on a single from Mirante.
The Seminoles got their lone run when they were down to their last at-bat. With two outs, freshman Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) picked up a single. She scored FSU’s only run when catcher BillieAnne Gay (Tallahassee, Fla.) drilled a double to centerfield. Unfortunately, the Seminoles couldn’t push the tying run across.
Nearly half of Florida State’s seven hits came from Snyder as she went 3-for-3 with a trio of singles. Left fielder Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas) extended her streak of consecutive games on base to 35 contests with a single in the sixth inning that also pushed her hit streak to six games.
Florida State is back on the road this weekend when it travels to the 11th Annual NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga. The Seminoles take on No. 16 Louisiana-Lafayette at 12 p.m. on Friday, followed by a 7:30 p.m. contest with No. 2 Tennessee and a 12:30 p.m. game on Saturday versus No. 22 Iowa.