Feb. 28, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Untimely mistakes were the downfall of the Florida State softball team all day as it spotted Michigan a lead it could not overcome. The No. 19 Seminoles pulled to within one run in the six, but they could not complete the comeback as they fell, 3-2, to No. 9 Michigan in the second game of Wednesday (February 28) doubleheader.
The loss dropped Florida State to 11-5 on the year as it has lost three games in a row – all to ranked teams – for the first time this season. Michigan upped its record to 16-1.
Suffering her first loss of the season was sophomore hurler Melissa May (San Diego, Calif.) as her recorded fell to 2-1. The lefty gave up three runs, only one earned, on six hits with three strikeouts and one walk. Staying perfect was Michigan’s Nikki Nemitz as the win improved her to 7-0.
Headlining the Florida State offense was senior right fielder LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) as she went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Player of the Year candidate Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) had the best all-around game as she went 1-for-2 with a run scored and RBI. Third baseman Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) scored the other run for the Seminoles.
A trio of hits in the fifth inning helped the Seminoles pull within a run. First baseman Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) and Snyder led off with back-to-back singles, but couldn’t get past second base. Wootson reached second when the throw to first on Michigan’s double play attempt sailed into the visitor’s dugout. Davis followed with double to left field to score Wootson and make it a 3-2 game.
Florida State cut the margin to two in its half of the third inning. Snyder led off with a walk and came around to score on a double by Wootson. Davis and left fielder Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) followed with singles but Michigan got out of the jam when catcher Brittany Krbec (Orlando, Fla.) lined into a double play to end the threat.
Several miscues in the first inning gave Michigan a pair of unearned runs. Alessandra Giampaolo led off by reaching on an error and a pair of wild pitches by May helped get the other two runs across. Giampaolo started the third with a double then came around to score on a single.
The Seminoles are back in action this weekend when they start ACC play with a three-game set at defending league champion NC State on Saturday.