March 18, 2007
FULLERTON, Calif. –
If the Florida State softball team takes anything away from its trip to California it’s that it can play with the best team in the country. Unfortunately the No. 24 Seminoles are still working on beating the top teams as they lost another close one to close out their trip to the Judi Garman Classic. FSU allowed the host Cal State Fullerton to score three unanswered runs in a 4-3 loss to the Titans on Saturday (March 17).
After winning nine of its last ten games following a win over No. 12 Washington to start the tournament, the Seminoles have lost four-straight games as they dropped to 21-12. Cal State Fullerton improved to 15-13. Florida State opened last year’s Judi Garman Classic with a loss to the Titans.
Junior Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) took the loss as she came on in the fourth. The right-hander’s record dropped to 7-8 as she gave up one run on two hits with one strikeout and four walks. Starting pitcher Terese Gober (McDonough, Ga.) worked three and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on six hits with two strikeouts. Also coming on in the four was CSUF’s Brooke Weekley as she improved to 3-3.
More than half of Florida State’s eight hits came from the first two batters in the line-up as center fielder Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) had three hits and Player of the Year candidate Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calf.) added two. Buckmon also had all three of FSU’s RBIs.
Fullerton jumped out to a quick lead with a run in its half of the first, but the Seminoles responded with a trio of runs in the second to take a 3-1 advantage. With two outs, Wootson’s second hit through the left side loaded the bases. Buckmon brought everybody home as she drilled a double to the gap in left field to score Jessica Gilmore (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.), Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) and Wootson.
The Titans evened the game at 3-3 in the fourth on a trio of singles. The double steal put runners on second and third then Gober surrendered a two-out single to right field to bring in the tying run. McDonald gave up a leadoff double and after a sacrifice then winning run came across the plate on a wild pitch.
The Seminoles had their chance to tie the game in the fifth with two runners in scoring position and just one out, but Buckmon was throw out at the plate trying to score on a wild pitch and pitcher Candice Baker snagged a line drive out of the air for the third out.
Florida State returns to Tallahassee to play at crosstown rival Florida A&M on Wednesday at 6 p.m.