April 9, 2008
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Seminoles were unable to pull off a win against the Knights of UCF as they dropped both games of a doubleheader (2-0 and 4-1) at the UCF Softball Complex in Orlando, Fla., on April 9. Florida State is now 31-17 on the season while UCF improves to 35-15.
The Seminoles were held scoreless in the first game of the afternoon, with sophomore Terese Gober credited with the loss. Gober is now 8-8 on the season and is throwing a 2.40 ERA following the loss in Orlando.
UCF was first to score in the third as the Seminoles’ Whitney Buckmon saw most of the action in left field with three back-to-back hits coming her way, including a triple that put Golden Knight Tiffany Lane in scoring position.
Lane would go on to score as the next batter up, Marquita Council, hit a RBI single also to Buckmon in left to put the home team up 1-0. The gold and black would score again in the fourth to pull ahead 2-0.
The Seminoles were able to put runners in scoring position in the sixth, but were unable to bring any home. Senior Kelly Langston entered as a pinch-hitter for Kristie McConn in the ninth hole and reached first on the first pitch with a sold single to left field. That play was followed by a double to deep center from Carly Wynn to put runners on second and third. Whitney Buckmon would record her third strikeout that would be the first of three straight outs to end the inning for Florida State.
In game two of the day, the Golden Knights once again got a lead on the Seminoles scoring back-to-back runs in the second and third innings. This time, the garnet and gold was able to answer with a solo run in the top of the fourth by sophomore Monica Montez. Montez reached base on a solid double over the right fielder’s head and would advance to third with two outs as freshman Ashley Stager stepped to the plate. Stager recorded her first hit of the afternoon to bring in the run by Montez to close the gap t0 2-1.
Central Florida would go up 3-1 as a runner scored on a throwing error by Seminole pitcher Tiffany McDonald, her second error this season. In the bottom of the sixth freshman Sarah Hamilton was brought in with hopes of a save for FSU but could not pull it off as UCF scored its fourth run off a throwing error from Seminole catcher Jessica Gilmore.
Florida State would drop the final game of the night in a 4-1 decision that would be credited to McDonald who is now 13-6 and continues to lead the pitching staff with a 1.32 ERA.
With three straight losses on the road, FSU will return to JoAnne Graf Field on Saturday, April 12, with an ACC doubleheader against Georgia Tech starting at 12:00 noon. The first game of the day will be televised live on SunSports and will be available online through Game Tracker’s live stats.