May 15, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Florida State got out to a rocky start at the NCAA Regional on Thursday, dropping to Jacksonville State at the Alabama Softball Complex in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Seminoles gave up an early lead to fall 4-3 to the Gamecocks in game one of the tournament.
Despite the Gamecocks scoring early in the first, it was Florida State that took the lead after one complete inning. The Seminoles scored three and would hold the lead until JSU powered back in the fourth and fifth to edge FSU 4-3.
Senior Whitney Buckmon started things off for Florida State, bunting to the pitcher and using her speed to out run the throw, safely reaching first. Buckmon stole her 25th base of the season and continued to third on an error by JSU’s second baseman. Sophomore Robin Ahrberg hit a hopper to the infield and reached on a fielder’s choice after the Gamecocks were unsuccessful in throwing out Buckmon at home.
With the gap closing, Florida State would not score in the fourth as Terese Gober entered for starting pitcher Tiffany McDonald in the top of the fifth. Unfortunately, the sophomore would give up two hits and two earned runs, giving the Gamecocks the 4-3 lead.
The Seminoles would not come back from the one-run deficit, with Gober taking the loss and dropping to a 3.19 ERA. After six innings pitched, McDonald struck out seven to extend her school career record to 921 and gave up six hits, two runs (one earned) and walked two. McDonald is now throwing a 1.62 ERA.
The loss moves Florida State into game four on Friday at 6:00 p.m. EST against the loser of the Alabama and Chattanooga game in progress. Live stats and free live web-streaming can be found on the softball page by visiting Seminoles.com.