March 28, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
One thing the Florida State softball team has been able to do is bounce back from tough losses. The Seminoles won the back half of a doubleheader for the fourth time in a row as they beat Central Florida 8-3 on Wednesday (March 28).
Florida State improved its record to 24-15 with the victory, while UCF dropped to 25-15.
Getting her second victory in a row was starting pitcher Melissa May (San Diego, Calif.) as she improved to 7-2 with the victory. The sophomore lefty threw five and a third innings, giving up three runs on six hits with three strikeouts and three walks. Junior Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) threw an inning and two-thirds of shutout softball with two strikeouts. Taking the loss for UCF was Ashleigh Cole as her ledger dropped to 7-7.
Leading the Seminoles’ offensive attached was left field Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) as she went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Topping the team with a trio of RBIs was first baseman Kelly Langston (Sopchoppy, Fla.) Shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) and center fielder Carly Wynn (Sharpsburg, Ga.) tied Buckmon for the team lead with two runs scored while Alicart added two RBIs.
For just the third time this season, the Seminoles picked up a victory when being out-hit by an opponent as UCF held an 8-5 advantage. Florida State also benefited from six Golden Knight errors.
After the Golden Knights got a run in the first, the Seminoles answered with a run in their half of the inning. Buckmon led off the frame with single then proceeded to steal second and third. As she swiped third the throw from the catcher skipped into left field, allowing Buckmon to score.
Four UCF errors led to a big third inning for Florida State. With one out, third baseman Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) was hit by a pitch and Buckmon followed with a single to put runners on first and second. Monica Montez’s (Corona, Calif.) fly ball was dropped by the right fielder and Snyder came around to score when the throw to third base went down the left field line.
Alicart followed with a double to center field that scored Buckmon and Snyder and she came around to score when the relay throw home got away from the catcher. The double was the 26th of Alicart’s career, tying her with Kimmy Carter for seventh in school history. Wynn, who reached on a dropped fly by the left fielder, stole third and scored on a ground out by Langston.
The Knights got a run back in the fourth, but the Seminoles responded with two more in the fifth. Wynn drew a two-out walk to put runners on first and second. A double to gap left field by Langston scored Alicart, who reached on a fielder’s choice, and Wynn to make it 8-2.
Florida State is back in action on Saturday (March 31) when it plays host to Maryland in a 12 p.m. doubleheader that can be seen live on Sun Sports.