March 26, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Any of the offensive woes the Florida State softball team had in California appear to be gone. For the fourth game in a row, the Seminoles pounded out double digit hits and came back from three-runs down to defeat Boston College 7-5 and win the Atlantic Coast Conference series on Sunday (March 26).
Florida State pulled to .500 in the league as its record improved to 3-3 and 24-15 overall as the Seminoles went 4-1 during the week. Boston College dropped to 9-12 overall, 1-5 in the league.
Sophomore Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) came on in relief of starter Kayla Collins (Niceville, Fla.) to pick up the victory. Her record improved to 15-9 as she gave up two runs on four hits with six strikeouts and one walk in 5.1 innings of work. Collins surrendered three runs, but only one earned, on five hits with one strikeout. BC starter Brittany Thompson could not get out of the third inning as the loss dropped her ledger to 5-4.
“Boston College fought really hard, they did a great job” FSU head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said. “They never gave up and kept coming back at us so we had to come back at them. I think it was a good back and fourth game. They’re great competitors so we had to play our best to beat them today.”
Florida State found itself down three runs after an inning and a half as Boston College pounded out five hits to chase Collins out of the game. The Seminoles got themselves on the board during the bottom half of the second inning. With one out, catcher Melissa Wood (Lilburn, Ga.) roped a double to left center. Center fielder Carly Brieske (Safety Harbor, Fla.) followed with a double of her own to score Wood and make it a 3-1 contest.
A three-run third inning gave the Seminoles their first lead of the day and got Collins off the hook for the loss. With two outs, shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) ripped her second single in as many-at-bats. Second baseman Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) followed with a walk then first baseman Kim Hoffer (Houston, Texas) dropped a single over the third baseman head to score Alicart. Wood knocked in both Wootson and Hoffer with a two-run single to give FSU a 4-3 advantage.
Two more runs came across for the Seminoles in the fourth inning. Jacob reached on a fielder’s choice and moved up to second when Alicart was hit by a pitch. Wootson came through with a triple to left center to score both runs. Florida State tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) picked up her first hit with a single up the middle. Alicart beat the throw to first for her third hit of the day. On the play, Buckmon advanced to third base and when the throw from the first baseman went wide of third, Buckmon to scored.
All but one player in the line-up had at least one hit with Alicart leading the way with a 3-for-3 and two runs scored performance. Wood and Brieske added two hits a piece as the Seminoles collected 12 hits.
The triple was the 13th of Wootson’s career, tying her with Serita Brooks for 10th on the FSU career charts. Jacob moved up a spot on the all-time hits chart when her single in the first tied her with Penny Siqueiros for seventh at 219.
“Everyone is getting on base and we’re getting a lot of people getting some jobs done so we’re not relying on one or two hitters, everybody is hitting the ball,” Graf added. “That will give us confidence as we get later into the season.”
The Seminoles are back at home on Tuesday (March 29) when they take on cross-town rival Florida A&M at 6 p.m. in a single contest.