April 16, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State softball fell in a rivalry doubleheader to Florida on Wednesday, April 16, at the Seminole Softball Complex in Tallahassee, 6-1 and 14-4. Florida State’s record slips to 32-21, while No. 3 Florida improves to 48-2.
In game one, Florida State’s lone run came from an RBI double by Monica Montez in the second inning with the Seminoles down 4-0. Tiffany McDonald also went a complete game, scattering six hits and four runs with nine strikeouts of her own. The loss is her fifth-straight as she is now 13-8 with a 1.62 ERA.
Florida was led by All-American pitcher Stacey Nelson, who picked up her 31st win of the season, with a complete game effort allowing one run on four hits while striking out nine with three walks.
Francesca Enea had two hits for Florida, including an RBI double in the first, when Florida got right down to business in the first, scoring three runs thanks to a leadoff walk, hit batsman, and an Ali Gardiner single got the Gators on the board first, as they led for the entire game. Florida also added runs in the second, third, and fifth.
In game two, Terese Gober got the start for Florida State, pitching only three innings, giving up eight earned runs, over eleven hits and five strikeouts before returning in the fifth. Gober, now pitching a 2.95 ERA, gave up 13 runs, 12 earned, on 13 hits in her 10th loss of the season.
Florida State got to a 1-0 lead in the first when Whitney Buckmon singled, then stole second and advanced to third on the same play thanks to a Florida error, and eventually scored on a Jessica Gilmore infield single. The Seminole rally ended when Brittany Osmon grounded into a double play. It did not take Florida long to answer in the second, when they scored three runs off of RBI hits by Megan Bush and Corrie Brooks.
The game was broken wide open in the third, when Florida added four runs in addition to three in the second to storm to a 7-1 lead. Tiffany DeFelice had a two RBI double followed by another two RBI double by Kim Waleszonia. Florida State would provide an answer in the bottom half of the third, when the Seminoles scored three via an Osmon two-RBI double to left center to make the game 7-4. Florida got the runs back in the fourth with three runs to increase their lead to 10-4, but the Seminoles could not answer, leaving two runners on in the bottom of the fourth.
In the fifth, Florida scored enough to invoke the mercy rule, adding four runs to reach the required eight-run threshold through five innings of play when the first six Florida batters got on base. Florida State could not answer in the fifth and the game would come to a premature end.
Up next for the Seminoles is a trip to Blacksburg, Va., for a three-game ACC series against Virginia Tech beginning on Friday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. before a Saturday doubleheader at 5:00 p.m. Florida State will look to increase their standing in the conference as they near the ACC Tournament with six games to go in the ACC schedule. The ACC Tournament will be held May 8-10 at College Park, Md. on the campus of the University of Maryland. Live coverage of the Virginia Tech series can be found online at www.seminoles.com.