March 25, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
For the second time in three contests, the Florida State softball team played a complete game and got done an inning early. The Seminoles amassed 13 hits on their way to an 8-0 run-rule victory over Boston College in six innings on Saturday (March 26).
Florida State forged a split of the Atlantic Coast Conference doubleheader to improve to 23-15 overall, 2-3 in the league. After getting their first league win in the opener, the Eagles dropped to 1-4 in the ACC, 9-11 on the year.
Throwing her second shutout of the season was freshman Melissa May (San Diego, Calif.) as her ledger improved to 6-5. The lefty scattered six hits with three strikeouts and only one walk. BC starter Savana Lloyd was knocked out of the game in the third as she took the loss to fall to 4-5.
“I’m real pleased with the hitting,” FSU head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said. “We’re putting up good numbers, scoring a lot of runs, but I’m disappointed in the errors. We basically gave them the first game and we’ve got to stop doing that.”
Immediately getting the Seminoles in scoring position was second baseman Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) as she led off the second inning with a triple to right field. Getting Wootson home with the first run was first baseman Kim Hoffer (Houston, Texas) as her squeeze bunt allowed Wootson to score.
Doing the damage in the next inning was shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) as she cranked a three-run home run to straight-away center field. It was her second home run in three games.
Right fielder LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) and left fielder Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas) hit back-to-back singles to start the frame. Davis was called out for runner’s interference on Whitney Buckmon’s (Stone Mountain, Ga.) but FSU still had two runners on. Alicart followed with her team-leading sixth home, which is just one short of last year’s team high.
The Seminoles continued their strong hitting in the fifth inning as they delivered two more runs for a 6-0 lead. With one out and Buckmon on first, Alicart ripped a double to put runners on second and third. Ground balls by Wootson and catcher Melissa Wood (Lilburn, Ga.) plated Florida State’s final two runs. Florida State had the bases loaded in the sixth and BC reliever Amanda Klimczak walked Buckmon and Alicart to end the game.
Alicart had one of the best all-around games of her FSU career, going 2-for-3 with four RBIs and two runs scored. Davis led the squad with three hits to go along with two each from Jacob and Wootson while Buckmon crossed the plate twice. Every batter in the line-up reached base at least once and eight of the nine picked up a hit.
“Yuruby is really relaxed at the plate, she doesn’t feel pressure,” Graf added about Alicart. “I think she’s one of the calmest hitters we have and she waits for her pitch and hits it hard.”
For the first time this year the Seminoles posted double-digit hits in three straight games as the pounded out 12. Florida State has scored at least five runs in its last three games, marking just the second time this year it has produced that many runs on three-straight occasions.
With the four hits and two runs today, Jacob moved up on the school’s career charts. The All-America candidate now has 218 career hits, giving her sole possession of eighth and putting her just one back of Penny Siqueiros for seventh. Her two runs tied her with Christy Larson for eighth at 125 while the walk she drew in the second game put her in eighth alone at 73 free passes.
The two teams are back at JoAnne Graf Field on Sunday (March 26) to wrap up the three-game set with a 1 p.m. contest.