March 16, 2007
FULLERTON, Calif. –
Late home runs have been the undoing of the Florida State softball team this year and it caught up again with the No. 24 Seminoles in their second game of the Judi Garman Classic. Cal State Northridge hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth to claim a 4-3 victory on Thursday (March 15).
The Seminoles lost their first game in the tournament as they dropped to 21-9. CSUN improved to 11-8-1
Taking the loss was junior Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) as she came on in the sixth and gave up the two-run home run to Michah Putnam that was the difference in the game. Her record dropped to 7-6. Freshman Terese Gober (McDonough, Ga.) got the start and worked five innings, giving up three runs on five hits with one walk and nine strikeouts.
Freshman catcher Robin Ahrberg (Stillwater, Okla.) was the only Seminoles to collect a pair of hits as she went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) and left fielder Jessica Gilmore (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) each hit solo home runs.
The Seminoles cut the lead in half with the help of CSUN pitcher Amanda Pitzenberger as she hit LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) to start the fourth inning. A sacrifice and a ground out moved her over to third then Ahrberg came through with a single to the shortstop that was deep enough to score Davis and make it 2-1.
One inning later Florida State tied the game as Gilmore hit a leadoff home run – that hit the top of the fence and bounced over – to knot the game at 2-2. Continuing the long ball parade was Alicart as her solo blast gave the Seminoles their first lead of the game at 3-2 in the top of the sixth.
Playing of the Year candidate Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) made sure her hitting streak was intact during the first inning as she led off with a single to left field to up her streak to 14 games.
Gober got the first two outs of the second inning very quickly but couldn’t close the door on the Matadors as she hit a batter then allowed a trio of singles to give Cal State Northridge a 2-0 lead. She gave up a leadoff double in the second then McDonald came in and surrendered the home run.
Florida State wraps up pool play at the Judi Garman Classic at 9 a.m. (PDT) when it takes out #7 Michigan. The Wolverines swept a February 28 doubleheader from the Seminoles.