Feb. 18, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Not that anyone likes to lose, but the Florida State University team is sore loser. Following their two defeats this season, the Seminoles have responded by beating their opponents by an average of six and a half runs. Saturday (Feb. 18), the unfortunate team on the other side of the field was Iowa State as FSU beat the Cyclones 9-1 in six innings to claim the Seminole Classic title.
Florida State continues the second-best start since the 1998 campaign as it improved to 7-2 on the year. Iowa State ended its first weekend of play with a 1-3 record. Picking up her fourth win of the week was sophomore Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) as she threw her third complete game of the season to improve to 5-1. The right-hander gave up just one unearned run on three hits with six strikeouts and no walks. Alyssa Ransom dropped to 0-2 for ISU.
Learning from missed opportunities from the first game, the Seminole took advantage of their early scoring chances against the Cyclones. Designated player Carly Brieske (Safety Harbor, Fla.) started the second inning with a walk, then advanced to second on a walk. One batter later, shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) hit her first FSU home run as her two run shot to right field made it a 2-0 game.
Giving McDonald a comfortable cushion was a four-run third inning that made it a 6-0 game in FSU’s favor. Right fielder Carey Galuppi (Boca Raton, Fla.) reached on an error to start the inning then Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas) reached base for the 33rd-game in a row with a single. A bunt single by Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) then loaded the bases.
A single by second baseman Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) plated Galuppi with the first run of the inning. One out later, first baseman Kim Hoffer (Houston, Texas) delivered a sacrifice fly to center field to score Buckmon. Delivering the big blow of the inning was third baseman Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) as her double to right field scored Wootson and Brieske.
McDonald’s perfect game was broken up in the top of the fourth when Ashley Killeen reached first on an error then Katie Reichling ended the no hitter with a single. A single by Jessica Quade gave ISU its only run.
The Seminoles got that run back in bottom of the inning. Catcher Melissa Wood (Lilburn, Ga.) got things going with a lead-off double. Galuppi laid down a sacrifice bunt to move pinch runner Kim Petrovich (Plantation, Fla.) to third. One batter later, Buckmon drove in Petrovich with a single.
The game ended an inning early as the eight-run rule was invoked after the Seminoles scored two more in the sixth inning. Wood started the frame with her second hit of the day then was pinch run by Robyn Petrovich (Plantation, Fla.) who was thrown out a second on Galuppi’s grounder. Error on Jacob’s ground ball put runners on the first and second. Buckmon followed with a single and a throwing error on the play scored Galuppi. Iowa State’s third error in as many at-bats scored Jacob with the deciding run.
Leading the 11-hit attack was Buckmon as she pounded out a career best three hits, while Wootson, Snyder and Wood had two a piece. Eight of the nine batters in the line-up made it on base at least once with seven of the nine collecting a hit.
Florida State takes to the road for the first time this season when it travels to Jacksonville for a doubleheader on Wednesday (Feb. 22) at 4 p.m.