May 2, 2006
ORLANDO, Fla. –
If April showers bring May flowers, then maybe the Florida State University softball team is starting to bloom after a rough end to April. The Seminoles got a momentum boost by sweeping a midweek doubleheader against UCF by taking the nightcap 8-2 on Tuesday (May 2).
With the victory, Florida State improved to 36-24 while UCF dropped to 19-34. The Seminoles finished the year 11-2 versus schools from the state of Florida, including sweeps of Florida, Florida International and UCF.
Getting her first win in nearly a month was FSU starter Kayla Collins (Niceville, Fla.) as she improved to 5-4. The rookie right-hander threw her seventh complete game, giving up two runs on five hits with eight strikeouts – tying a career-high -and three walks. Taking the loss was UCF starter Magon Paul as she dropped to 2-8.
Unlike the opening game of the doubleheader where FSU didn’t get its first run until the sixth inning, the Seminoles struck for a pair in the top of the first. With one out, designated player Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) picked up an infield single then stole second.
One out later, second baseman Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) laid down a perfect bunt single. UCF second baseman Ashley Van Ryn was covering on the play, but dropped the throw to first. Buckmon, who was racing around third, scored on the error. First baseman Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) drilled a double to the gap in right field to score Wootson.
Florida State broke the game open with five runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Osmon drilled her second home run in three games with a blast over the right field fence in the fourth. The Seminoles did most of their damage in the top of the fifth as they chased Paul out of the game with four runs.
With one out, right fielder LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) and left fielder Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas) started the scoring with back-to-back singles. Buckmon followed with her second hit of the day to score Davis then stole second. Jacob was cut down at the plate on a grounder by Wootson, but Buckmon went to third on the play. Shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) came through with a single up the middle to plate Buckmon. Osmon reached base for the third time on the day when she was walk.
Third baseman Michelle Snyder’s (Wenatchee, Wash.) grounder went through the legs of UCF shortstop Amber Lamb, allowing Alicart and Wootson to score. Snyder picked up an RBI in the seventh when her perfectly executed squeeze bunt scored Wootson.
Every starter in the line-up reached base at least once with seven of the nine collecting a hit. Three different players amassed two or more hits, led by three from Buckmon and Wootson, while Osmon added a pair. Osmon drove in a team-high two runs while Wootson led the way with three runs scored and Buckmon crossed the plate twice.
Florida State concludes the regular season with its last Atlantic Coast Conference series of the year at Maryland. The Seminoles and Terrapins start a three-game set Saturday with a 12 p.m. doubleheader.