April 13, 2005
UCF 2, FLORIDA STATE 1
Florida State produced more hits than the visiting Golden Knights but left seven players stranded on base, as Central Florida defeated the Seminoles, 2-1, Wednesday evening on JoAnne Graf Field at the Seminole Softball Complex.
The win marked the first time ever that UCF beat FSU in the program’s history.
Freshman pitcher Tiffany McDonald took the loss for the Tribe and dropped to 13-4 on the season. The Seminoles record fell to 24-17 while the Golden Knights improved to 35-20-1 overall. Central Florida’s Lindsay Enders got the win in the circle and extended her mark to 17-10 after throwing seven complete innings and retiring six Seminole batters.
Five Tribe members pounded out one hit each: Natasha Jacob, Veronica Wootson, Tatiana George, Lesley Palmer and Brittany Osmon. Jacob scored the only run of the day in the third inning when she singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch. With two outs and Palmer up to the plate, Enders overthrew first base and brought in Jacob for the unearned run.
Central Florida scored in the first and fifth inning. McDonald shut down the first two Golden Knight batters and then walked the following two players. An error by Wootson at second base allowed Crystle Krafft to reach and load up the bags before Nikki Green singled for the first score of the contest. In the top of the fifth, UCF’s Kacie Feaster doubled and centerfielder Jania Shinhoster tripled for the solo RBI.
The Seminoles left runners on base the last three innings and attempted to rally when George doubled with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. However, freshman Melissa Wood struck out swinging for the third time of the day to end the contest.
McDonald threw 4.1 innings and gave up three hits, two walks and struck out five. Senior Casey Hunter entered in the fourth and faced eight batters, retiring four of them and allowing no walks, hits or runs.
Florida State was playing without centerfielder Whitney Buckmon because the freshman is suffering from an illness that is expected to sideline her for at least two weeks.