Feb. 14, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Candy will taste sweeter and the flowers will smell even better for the Florida State University softball team on Valentine’s Day after the Seminoles completed a doubleheader sweep of Georgia Southern on Tuesday (Feb. 14). For the second time in three games, FSU won via run-rule as it defeated the Eagles 10-2 in five innings.
Florida State ran its win streak to four games, improving its record to 4-1. GSU dropped to 1-4.
Fresh off the victory in game one, FSU right-hander Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) picked up her third-straight win by surrendering just two unearned runs on two hits with five strikeouts in five innings of work. Eagles’ starter Logan Free didn’t make it out of the first inning as she surrendered seven runs to take the loss.
Unfortunately it wasn’t all good news for the Seminoles in Tuesday’s second game. All-America candidate Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas) failed to get a hit in the nightcap, ending her hitting streak at 28 games. She is tied for the ninth-longest streak in NCAA history.
In a bizarre first inning that took 40 minutes, the Seminoles scored nine runs but only collected two hits. Free walked five of the nine batters she faced – including three in a row with the bases loaded – and hit another while a fielding error brought in one. Reliever Melissa Laliberte walked the first batter she faced then gave up two more hits to account for the final two runs of the inning.
With one out in the first, center fielder Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) was hit by a pitch then second baseman Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) walked. After the duo each stole a base, Carly Brieske’s (Safety Harbor, Fla.) ground ball was miss played, scoring Buckmon. Right fielder LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) was walked to load the bases.
One out later, Free walked Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela), third baseman Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) and first baseman Kim Hoffer (Houston, Texas) to score three runs. Laliberte walked left fielder Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas) then gave up a two-run single to Buckmon. Wootson cleared the bases with a triple to make it a 9-0 game in FSU’s favor.
Mistakes were not limited to the Georgia Southern side as Florida State made four errors in the second inning to give the Eagles their only two runs.
FSU got a run back in the second inning when All-America candidate Davis started the frame with a single the moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Melissa Wood (Lilburn, Ga.). A routine ground ball by Alicart was thrown wide of first base, allowing Davis to score from second.
Even though it won its second game this season by run rule, Florida State only managed four hits in the game.
The Seminoles finish their nine-game home stand to start the year with the Seminole Classic, Friday and Saturday (Feb. 17-8).