April 18, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Seventh inning heroics are starting to become the norm for the Florida State University softball team on Senior Day. Last year it was a walk off home run to beat Virginia, while this season it was a close play at the plate that gave the Seminoles a 4-3 victory over Troy on Tuesday (April 18) in the first game the doubleheader.
The victory improved Florida State’s record to 33-21, while Troy dropped to 24-30.
After the Trojans tied the game in the fifth inning on a two run home run, the Seminoles rallied in its last at-bat to win the game. Right fielder LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) started with a walk, then moved up to second on a bunt single by center fielder Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas).
Designated Player Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) delivered a single to center field that sent Davis to the plate. She appeared to be out on the play, but the ball was dropped by the Troy catcher, allowing Davis to score the winning run.
Throwing her league-leading 27th complete game to get the victory was FSU starter Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) as she improved to 22-12 on the year. The right-hander gave up just three runs on six hits with seven strikeouts and five walks. Taking the loss was Troy hurler Laine Harcourt as she dropped to 13-16.
McDonald’s performance against the Trojans moved her into the top ten of a pair of the single-season charts. She made her 39th appearances of the season, tying her with Renee Espinoza (1995) for tenth. She took over sole possession of tenth place on the strikeout list, upping her season total to 239.
Troy got on the board first with a solo home run in the second, but Florida State answered with a run of its own in the bottom half. Second baseman Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) tied the game with one swing as she belted her sixth home run of the season over the left field fence. The dinger was the 17th of her career, tying Wootson with Tatiana George for fourth in school history.
The Seminoles made Harcourt pay for a two-out walk to third baseman Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) to take the lead. Center fielder Carly Brieske (Safety Harbor, Fla.) followed with a chopper over the third baseman’s head. Davis and Jacob beat out back-to-back grounders to second baseman to score Snyder and give Florida Stat the lead.
Giving FSU a two-run advantage was another run in the third inning. Shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) led off with a double then moved to third on Wootson’s single. A sacrifice fly by catcher Melissa Wood (Lilburn, Ga.) plated Alicart with the third run. Alicart’s double was her 15th of the season, giving her sole possession of second place on the single season charts.
Seven of the nine batters in the line up picked up at least one hit. Leading the way was Jacob as she collected three hits to tie Virginia’s Sara Larquier for tenth on the ACC career charts at 242 hits. Wootson added a pair of hits as well as an RBI and run scored.
The two teams finish up the day with the second game of the doubleheader.