March 21, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
After a rough ending to its road trip across the country, the perfect remedy for the Florida State softball team was a trip just across town. The Seminoles snapped their four-game losing streak by taking down crosstown rival Florida A&M, 8-0, on Wednesday (March 21) in the 99th meeting between the two schools.
Florida Sate improved to 22-12 with the victory. Florida A&M dropped to 7-27.
“It was good to see us get our offense going again,” FSU head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said. “We started to pick it up a little bit at the end of the tournament and we’ll need to be at our best this weekend against Virgina Tech.”
Picking up the victory to improve to 8-8 was FSU starter Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) as she went the distance. The right-hander gave up jus three hits in the shutout with seven strikeouts and one walk. Taking the loss for the Rattlers was Ashley Jones, who dropped to 4-9. FAMU pitchers issued nine walks and hit two batters.
Leading the Florida State with a trio of hits – tying her career high – was left fielder Jessica Gilmore (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) as she went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a pair of RBIs. Also collecting a pair of hits was first baseman Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.), who added an RBI, as well as center fielder Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) who crossed the plate twice.
Florida Sate took a 2-0 lead with runs in the second and third inning despite producing only one hit in each of those frames. Gilmore led off the second with a single and moved up to third on a pair of walks. A grounder by second baseman Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) – who reached base three times without a hit – scored Gilmore with the first run of the game. With two outs in the third, Gilmore drew a walk and advanced to third on a single by Osmon. A wild pitch brought her in and made it a 2-0 FSU advantage.
Another free pass resulted in a run for the Seminoles as shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) drew her second walk of the day to lead off the fifth. Two outs later Osmon drilled a ball just inside the bag at first base that resulted in a triple to score Alicart and push FSU’s lead to 3-0.
The Seminoles broke open the game with a trio of runs in the top of the sixth. Back-to-back singles by Buckmon and designated player Brittany Krbec (Orlando, Fla.) put runners on the corners. Buckmon scored the first run on an Alicart sacrifice fly. FSU had runners on the corners for the second time in the inning when catcher Robin Ahrberg (Stillwater, Okla.) hit a single and Gilmore cleared the bases with a double to right field.
A sac fly by Krbec in the seventh scored Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) and a single by Alicart pushed Buckmon across the plate to make it 8-0 in the Seminoles’ favor.
Florida State is back in action this weekend when it resumes conference action. The Seminoles play host to Virginia Tech in a three-game series that starts with a 12 p.m. Saturday doubleheader. Both games of Saturday’s doubleheader can be seen on ACC Select.