April 3, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Crosstown rival Florida A&M figured out what three teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference haven’t been able to do: how to quiet the bats of the Florida State softball team. The Seminoles only managed five hits as they dropped a 4-0 decision to the Lady Rattlers on Monday (April 3).
The Seminoles lost their first game to FAMU this year as they dropped to 27-18. The Lady Rattlers improved to 25-21.
“Florida A&M is a good team and you have to play hard every time you go against them,” FSU head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said. “Their pitcher did a nice job of keeping us off balance and we popped the ball up a lot. Carly (Brieske) and LaShaun (Davis) were the only one who could consistently hit line drives and keep the ball on the ground and they were the ones who got on base for us.”
FSU starter Kayla Collins (Niceville, Fla.) could not keep the Lady Rattler off the board as she took the loss to drop her to 3-2. The rookie right-hander threw her fifth complete game and gave up four runs, three earned, on five hits with five strikeouts and two walks. Picking up the victory for Florida A&M was Tiffany Johnson as she improved to 12-3. She forced the Seminoles into 14 fly outs.
Florida A&M struck for the first run of the game thanks to a two-out error by Seminoles. Rhianna Green picked up the Lady Rattlers first hit of the game, then moved up on a ground out. Nakendra Jones’ chopper was barehanded by Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) but her throw to first was wild, allowing Green to score. FAMU tacked on another run in the bottom of the fourth when Alacia Strafford hit a solo home run before getting two more in the fourth.
Through the first five innings, Florida State only collect a trio of hits will all three coming from outfielders Davis (Marietta, Ga.) and Brieske (Safety Harbor, Fla.). Davis led the way with a 2-for-3 performance, while Brieske also went 2-for-2 with a walk. Fellow outfielder Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas) had her hitting streak stopped at nine games.
The Seminoles had their chances to score early in the game, putting runners on in each of the first three innings. After stealing second, designated player Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) was thrown out at third while Brieske and Davis were both stranded at second. For the game, FSU left six runners on base.
Florida State is back on JoAnne Graf Field Wednesday (April 5) when it plays host to rival Florida in a 4 p.m. doubleheader.