April 17, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Showing that it can win in a variety of ways, after the Florida State softball team tacked on eight runs in the opener against Jacksonville, the Seminoles proved they could win the close ones. FSU got back-to-back home runs late to secure the 3-0 victory over the Dolphins and sweep Tuesday’s (April 17) doubleheader.
The Seminoles ran their winning streak to five games as they improved to 32-19. It was also FSU’s first sweep of the Dolphins since 2003 when JU first started its program. Jacksonville dropped to 15-37.
“More than anything we appear to be gaining back to the confidence we had at the beginning of the year,” FSU head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said. “We have a chance to end the regular season on a high note and carry that momentum into the ACC Tournament.”
Getting the win was FSU starting pitcher Melissa May (San Diego, Calif.) as she improved to 10-4. The sophomore lefty threw her fifth shutout of the year on four hits with five strikeouts and one walk. Taking the loss was JU’s Ashley Iveson, who fell to 5-11.
Producing a third of Florida State’s dozen hits was first baseman Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Fla.) as she went 2-for-3 including her second home run of the year. Also clearing the fences was left fielder Jessica Gilmore (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) who also hit her second dinger of the season. Two-time All-American Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) scored the other run after upping her hitting streak to seven games.
Wootson opened the scoring when she led off the third inning with a bunt single. A stolen base moved her up to second and Monica Montez (Corona, Calif.) moved her to third on a sacrifice bunt. A perfectly executed squeeze bunt Carly Wynn (Sharpsburg, Ga.) allowed Wootson to slide under the tag for the first run.
Florida State tacked on a pair of insurance runs from the long ball in the bottom of the sixth. Gilmore and Osmon hit back-to-back home runs to give the Seminoles a 3-0 a lead. It was FSU’s first back-to-back home runs since Michelle Snyder and Wootson went back-to-back in the ninth inning to beat Nebraska.
The Dolphins best chance to score came in the sixth when they strung together a pair of one-out singles but May struck out the next batter and got a pop out to get out of the inning.
Florida State resumes ACC play this weekend with its final home series of the regular season when it takes on Virginia in a three-game set that commences with Saturday’s 12 p.m. doubleheader.