Feb. 23, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. –
Of the 1,099 wins Florida State University’s Dr. JoAnne Graf had coming into the game, few were as close through the first five innings as Wednesday’s (Feb. 22) contest at Jacksonville. Florida State’s bats came alive in the sixth inning to make Graf just the second coach in NCAA history to reach 1,110 wins as the Seminoles prevailed 8-1 over the Dolphins.
Florida State improved to 8-2 on the season, while Jacksonville dropped to 3-10. Seminole starter Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) had a perfect game through 5 1/3 innings as her record improved to 6-1 on the year. JU starter Shannon Jensen took the loss as her ledger fell to 2-6.
Getting the Seminoles on the board early was second baseman Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.). The junior All-America candidate put FSU on top in the first when she cranked a solo home run to left field. The round tripper was the 13th of her career, giving her sole possession of ninth place in school history.
Wootson’s home run was the extent of the offense for five innings as both teams were locked into a pitcher’s duel. McDonald sat down the first 16 batters she faced, taking a perfect game into the sixth inning. Her Jacksonville counterpart Jensen as she retired 13 of the next 14 batters she faced after Wootson.
The Florida State bats awoke in the top of the sixth inning as the Seminoles batted around and struck for five runs to open up a 6-0 lead. Right fielder LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) started with a single then left fielder Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas) followed with another. A sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third for Wootson who drove in her second run of the day with a double to score Davis
Center fielder Carly Brieske (Safety Harbor, Fla.) followed with an infield single to plate Jacob. First baseman Kim Hoffer (Houston, Texas) roped a single to left field to push Wootson and Brieske across the plate. Freshman third baseman Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) concluded the scoring with a single to score Hoffer and make it a 6-0 game.
The Dolphins broke up McDonald’s perfect game in the sixth when Renee LaCroix hit a home run to left field. The Seminoles got that run back and one more as Wootson cranked her second home run of the day, scoring Wootson who double in the previous at-bat.
Seven of the nine Seminoles in the line got a hit, led by Wootson who went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and four RBIs. Her second home run tied her with Leslie Barton for eighth in school history at 14 home runs.
The Seminoles continue their trip to Jacksonville with the second game of the doubleheader.