April 2, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State beat No. 25 Georgia Tech at its own game to take the final game of their Atlantic Coast Conference series. The Seminoles kept the top hitting team in the league off the board late and scored three runs in their final two at-bats for the 7-4 victory on Sunday (April 2).
Florida State improved to 5-4 in the league and 27-17 overall as it won its second conference series in a row. With the loss, Georgia Tech dropped to 30-12 overall, 6-3 in the ACC. It was the Yellow Jackets first series loss in the league since losing two to FSU in 2004.
Getting her second victory over Georgia Tech was starter Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) as she improved to 17-10. The right-hander gave up just four runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and one walk. It was her fourth win over a ranked opponent and fourth in the league. Taking the loss was GT reliever Lacey Richardson as she dropped to 5-4.
“They jumped out ahead of us, but we came back and answered and I was really proud of that,” FSU head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said. “We stayed in the game, we had a real competitive spirit the entire seven innings and overall this was one of the best games we’ve played all year.”
A home run and two-out single staked Georgia Tech to a 3-0 lead after the top of the third, but the Seminoles answered with three of their own to tie the game. Right fielder LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) started the inning with a single and moved up on a Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas) sacrifice. Designated player Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) was hit by a pitch and both runners moved up on a wild pitch.
Scoring both runners was shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) as her team-leading 12th double of the season plated Georgia natives Davis and Buckmon. A ground out by first baseman Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) scored Alicart with the tying run.
A two-run rally by the Seminoles in the fourth gave them a 4-3 lead. Davis got the rally going again with her two-out triple to left field, the first three-bager given up by Georgia Tech this season. Jacob followed with a double to give FSU its first lead of game.
The Yellow Jackets came right back and tied the game in the fifth on solo home run by Whitney Haller, but Florida State got one of its own in the bottom half of the inning to regain the lead. Catcher Melissa Wood (Lilburn, Ga.) lifted her second home run of the week over the right field fence to give FSU a 5-4 advantage.
Florida State tacked on a pair of runs in the sixth inning to give itself a three-run advantage going into the seventh. Freshman third baseman Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) hit her first home run since the first weekend of the season to put FSU up 6-4. Davis followed with a walk and another Jacob sacrifice put her on second. One out later, Alicart was intentionally walked, but second baseman Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) made the Yellow Jackets pay as her single through the left side scored Davis and made it 7-4.
“It’s huge to have everyone contribute, you don’t want to have a weak spot in your line-up,” Graf added. “When they walked Yuruby, Veronica came through with a big base hit and that’s what we have to have are people that get a hit every time. Moe (Wood) and LaShaun came through and got us some hits and that’s what I like, a total team effort.”
The Seminoles got a lot of production from its three Georgia natives, Davis, Wood and Buckmon. The trio combined for 4-of-8 at the plate and four runs scored. All nine batters in the line-up reached base at least once with eight of the nine getting a hit. Davis led the way with a 2-for-2 performance and three runs scored.
FSU is back in action Monday (April 3) when they travel to crosstown rival Florida A&M for a 6 p.m. affair.