April 1, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
After a less than stellar start to the Atlantic Coast Conference schedule, the Florida State softball team appears to be back on track. The Seminoles pounded out nine hits and took advantage of six Maryland errors as they won Sunday’s (April 1) game 8-0 in five innings to sweep in the conference series.
The win gave the Seminoles their first conference sweep since the end of the 2005 campaign when they took all three from Virginia. FSU improved to 5-4 in the ACC, 27-15 overall. The loss dropped Maryland to 3-3 in the league, 19-13 overall.
“I was glad to see that we built on yesterday’s second game and continued to hit the ball well,” FSU head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said. “Any time we can get runners on base it allows to put pressure on the other team and we were able to take advantage of their mistakes.”
Staying undefeated in conference action was starting pitcher Melissa May (San Diego, Calif.) as she improved to 8-2 overall, 3-0 in the ACC. The left-threw recorded her fourth shutout of the year in her ninth complete game while surrendering four hits with a career-high seven strikeouts and one walk. Taking the loss for the Terrapins was Meredith Nelles as she fell to 10-5.
“Melissa threw another great game and really never gave them opening until the last inning,” Graf added. “Our pitching staff has been throwing really well the last two weeks; we’ve just struggled at times to get them runs. Hopefully this is the start of a good trend because we’ve got some tough games coming up next week at Florida and at Georgia Tech.”
All nine batters in the line-up reached base at least once, led by shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) who was tops on the team with a pair of hits, two runs scored and an RBI. Her first hit of the day was a double that moved her into a tie with Lisa Davidson for sixth in school history at 27 doubles.
Catcher Brittany Krbec (Orlando, Fla.) added a pair of singles and two RBIs, while designated player Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) and first baseman Kelly Langston (Sopchoppy, Fla.) each had a walk and a single.
The Seminoles wasted no time getting runs on the board as they tacked on three in their first at-bat. Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) led off with a walk, stole second and moved up to third on a throwing error. She scored on a double by Monica Montez (Corona, Calif.), who crossed the plate herself on a double by Alicart. A single by Krbec scored Alicart, but Osmon was cut down at the plate to end the inning.
A pair of Maryland errors in the third led to Florida State’s fourth run of the game. With Carly Wynn (Sharpsburg, Ga.) on first and one out, Jessica Gilmore (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) laid a sacrifice bunt that pitcher Abbey Welch threw over the first baseman’s head that allowed Wynn to move up to third. Langston’s grounder was bobbled by UM shortstop Amber Jackson, permitting Wynn to score.
Florida State won its second eight-run rule game in conference action in as many weeks as it added four runs in the fifth to end the game early. Alicart started the inning with a single and came around to score on a double by Gilmore. The first of two Maryland errors in the inning scored Gilmore as the UM right fielder muffed a single by Osmon, who moved up to third on Langston’s single. The fifth-straight hit off inning, a Krbec single, plated Osmon and put pinch runner Amanda Moore (Niceville, Fla.) on third. A pick-off play at third by Terps catcher Jennifer Wellborn went wide of the base and scored Moore with the winning run.
The Seminoles go on the road for their next five games, starting Wednesday (April 4) when they travel to in-state rival No. 19 Florida for a 4 p.m. doubleheader.