Feb. 14, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
In a game of missed opportunities, the Florida State University softball team capitalized on its the openings at the right time as it came from two runs down to beat Georgia Southern, 3-2, during the opening game of Tuesday’s (Feb. 14) doubleheader.
The Seminoles won their third-straight game in a row, upping their record to 3-1 on the year. Georgia Southern dropped to 1-4. Sophomore Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) came on in relief during the first inning to get her second-straight victory. The right-hander struck out a career-high 11 batters. Eagles’ starter AJ Street took the loss, giving up three runs in five innings of work.
The nation’s longest active hitting streak continued in the first inning as Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas) picked up a bunt single. The senior outfielder has now hit safely in 29-straight games, tying her with Laura Berg (Fresno State) and Barb Marean (UMass) for the ninth-longest in NCAA history.
Georgia Southern jumped out to an early lead with two runs in the first inning off FSU starter Melissa May (San Diego, Calif.). After an error to start the game, the Eagles roped a pair of doubles to take the lead 2-0. That’s when McDonald came in and struck out three of the four batters she faced to end the inning.
Just like the last three games when she picked up her first hit of the game, Jacob came around to score in the first inning. One out after her single, second baseman Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) ripped a triple to right field to plate Jacob.
After leaving three runners stranded in the second and third innings, the Seminoles broke through with the tying run in the fourth inning. Right fielder LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) was hit by Street to start the frame then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kim Hoffer (Houston, Texas). Catcher Melissa Wood (Lilburn, Ga.) drove in Davis with an RBI single to make it a 2-2 game.
Florida State manufactured the go-ahead run in the fifth inning thanks to its team speed. All-America candidate Wootson led off with a single. She then stole second and advanced to third when the catcher’s throw sailed into center field. Short stop Yuruby Alicart (Maracacy, Venezuela) hit her second game-winning hit in three games as her single up the middle plated Wootson.
As much as a problem driving runs in was for the Seminoles, Georgia Southern had an even tougher time. The Eagles stranded six runners on base with two in the first, third and fifth innings.
The Seminoles finish their nine-game home stand to start the year with the Seminole Classic, Friday and Saturday (Feb. 17-8).