March 7, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Two different paths led to a pair of victories for the Florida State softball team. After pounding out a season-best 15 hits in the opener, the Seminoles only needed one run to beat Connecticut, 1-0, and wrap up the doubleheader sweep of the Huskies on Tuesday (March 7).
Florida State upped its record to 13-8 with it second doubleheader sweep of the year. Connecticut lost its ninth-game in a row to FSU and dropped to 2-5.
After getting roughed up in her first two outings, freshman Kayla Collins (Niceville, Fla.) picked up the first victory of her collegiate career. The right-hander threw a complete game shutout, striking out seven batters while allowing just four hits and issuing only three walks. The Huskies’ Krista Michalczyk took the loss with her ledger falling to 1-2.
The first inning of the nightcap virtually mirrored the opener. Left fielder Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas) led off with a home run once again, but this one cleared the right field fence to give FSU a 1-0 advantage. Despite putting two more runners on during the inning, the Seminoles would only come away with one run.
That run in the first would be the only one to cross the plate the rest of the night. Florida State had it chances to score, leaving seven runners on base, including five in scoring position, but the Seminoles would make that one run stand as they relied on pitching and defense, as Collins had a perfect game going in the fourth inning and the defense committed no errors for just the second time this year.
Centerfielder Carly Brieske (Safety Harbor, Fla.) saved a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning with her defense on back-to-back plays. First she relayed a throw to second baseman Kim Hoffer (Houston, Texas) who nailed Jillian Oretega at the plate. The very next play, Allie Gendron, who doubled, tested Brieske’s arm only to be gunned down at the plate as catcher Melissa Wood (Lilburn, Ga.) held on for the third out.
The two teams will meet for the third game in a row Friday (March 10) when they play during the opening day of the Florida State Invitational.