March 11, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Breaking out of the offensive funk it was in for the first two games of its own tournament, the Florida State softball team erupted for an 11-6 win over Western Illinois on Saturday (March 11) in the Florida State Invitational. Unfortunately, because of the tiebreaker scenarios the Seminoles are placed in the Silver Bracket. They will take on Georgia State at 3:30 at Messer Field.
The Seminoles won their fourth game in five tries to improve to 15-9. Western Michigan dropped to 1-10-1 on the year.
Rookie hurler Melissa May (San Diego, Calif.) picked up her second victory of the week to improve to 5-4 on the year. WIU’s Kamren Ferguson took the loss as she dropped to 1-3. May worked 4.2 innings, giving up six earned runs on seven hits with three strikeouts. Fellow freshman Kayla Collins (Niceville, Fla.) came on in relief, throwing 2.1 innings of shutout ball.
Designated the visitors by a coin flip, Florida State wasted no time in getting on the board in the top of the first. Left fielder Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas) started with a bunt single the stole second. It was her 52nd career steal, giving her sole possession of ninth place on the school’s top ten list. Jacob was thrown out a third trying to steal, but Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.), who drew a walk, moved into scoring position.
Center fielder Carly Brieske (Safety Harbor, Fla.) singled up the middle, scoring Buckmon. Shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) followed with an infield single and as Brieske went to third, the throw from the first baseman got away, allowing Brieske to score. Designated player Kim Hoffer (Houston, Texas) wrapped up the scoring with single to plate Alicart.
The Westerwinds tied the game in the bottom of the third when Meghan Strazar hit a three-run home run. Florida State would break the tie for good in fifth when it put up a five spot in the fourth.
Hoffer walked to start the frame, then Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) was hit by a pitch. A single by Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) pushed Hoffer across then Jacob plated Osmon and Snyder with a two-run single. Jacob scored her second run of the day on a single to center by Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) then Buckmon crossed the plate on a single by Alicart.
The Seminoles got the insurance runs they need with a trio of runs in the fifth inning. Another Hoffer walked began the inning then Osmon hit a single to put runners on first and second. May cleared the bases when the center fielder misplayed her base hit, allowing all three runs to score. WIU would make it an 11-6 game on a three-run home run by Maureen Troller in its half of the fifth.
Florida State continues pool play in the FSU Invitational at 6 p.m. against Kent State.