May 6, 2007
AUBURN, Ala. –
With the ACC Tournament on the horizon, the Florida State softball team had a chance to go into the league summit on an up note with a good non-conference win at Auburn. Instead, the Seminoles are looking to regain the magic they had the previous three weeks as they dropped the final regular season game, 7-2, to the Tigers on Sunday (May 6).
The loss snapped Florida State’s winning streak at six games as it fell to 42-21. The Tigers wrapped up their season at 26-30.
Suffering the loss was Florida State starter Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.), who dropped to 15-13. The right-hander threw three and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs, five earned, on seven hits with four strikeouts, two walks and three hit batters. Terese Gober (McDonough, Ga.) came on in the fourth to throw a scoreless two and a third innings. Coming on in the fourth inning to throw the rest of the game and get the victory was Auburn’s Anna Thompson as she improved to 15-15.
Even though Florida State only had five hits, all nine starters reached base at least once and four players made it to first twice. The only extra base hit came from shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) as her double in the fifth extended her hitting streak to 14 games. The Seminoles had numerous chances to score but squandered their opportunities with ten runners left on base.
Auburn handed FSU its first run as the hosts committed two errors and walked a batter in the opening frame. Center fielder Carly Wynn (Sharpsburg, Ga.) picked up a two-out infield single and moved up when Alicart reached on an error. After first baseman Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) was walked, catcher Robin Ahrberg’s (Stillwater, Okla.) grounder was booted by the first baseman, allowing Wynn to score the first run.
A lead off walk haunted the Seminoles in the bottom of the first as a single by Sara Ghezzi tied the game at one. Two innings later Auburn strung together a pair of hits and benefited from a Florida State error as two runs came across to give the Tigers a 3-1 lead.
Florida State could not put the Tigers away with two outs in the fourth as AU scored four runs to blow the game open. Tigers strung together three-straight hits off McDonald with two outs to push the margin to 7-1. Six of Auburn’s runs on the day came with two outs.
The Seminoles ended a stretch of seven unanswered runs by pushing one across in the fifth. Alicart led off with a double to center field. After Osmon was walked for the second time, left fielder Jessica Gilmore (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) drilled a ball through the left side of the infield. Newly inserted Auburn left fielder Myesha Finney bobbled the ball, allowing Alicart to score.
Florida State returns to Tallahassee to play host to the 2007 ACC Tournament. The fourth-seeded Seminoles open play on Thursday (May 10) at 5:30 p.m. against No. 5 seed North Carolina.