Feb. 24, 2007
COLUMBUS, Ga. –
Showing it can bounce back quickly from a tough loss, the Florida State softball team rebounded by scoring early and holding off a late Seton Hall comeback attempt. The No. 20 Seminoles finished pool play at the 12th Annual NFCA Leadoff Classic by defeating the Pirates 4-2 on Saturday (Feb. 24).
Florida State improved its record to 11-2 on the year. Seton Hall is still searching for its first win as it dropped 0-9.
Staying perfect on the year was sophomore pitcher Kayla Collins (Niceville, Fla.) as she improved to 2-0. The sophomore struck out a career-high ten batters while giving up two runs on four hits with four walks in six and two-thirds inning of work. Junior Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) got the last out to record the save and move into a tie for second in school history with Leslie Malerich at six career saves. The loss went to Kim Schweitzer who fell to 0-5.
Seven different players collected a hit for the Seminoles, but catcher Brittany Krbec (Orlando, Fla.) was the only player to reach base more than once as she drew a walk and reached on an error. Shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) posted a team-best three RBIs.
The long ball produced Florida State’s first three runs in it initial at-bat of the game. Designated player Robin Ahrberg (Stillwater, Okla.) hit a triple down the right field line and Krbec was walked. Alicart cleared the bases with her second home run of the tournament to stake FSU to a 3-0 lead.
The Seminoles increased their margin to four with a run in the top of the third. Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) started the inning with a double and moved up to third on a sacrifice bunt by right fielder LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) A ground out Ahrberg scored Wootson.
Seton Hall strung together a pair of hits and a sacrifice for its first run off Collins in the third. In the fifth she issued two walks and hit a batter to help the Pirates get their second run. Seton Hall had runners on first and second in the seventh before McDonald closed the door.
The Seminoles are back in action during Sunday’s bracket play. Their opponent game time will announced on Saturday night once pool play is complete.