March 12, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
It was an old face in a new place for the Florida State University softball team in its semifinal game of the Silver bracket of the Florida State Invitational. The Seminoles beat cross-town rival Florida A&M 5-3 on Sunday (March 12) to advance to the bracket’s championship game.
Florida State won its seventh game of the week to improve to 17-9 on the year. The Seminoles take on St. John’s at 12 p.m. at Messer Park in the Silver championship game.
Going the distance for the victory was right-hander Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) as she threw her 11th complete game of the year. The sophomore game up just three runs, but only one earned, on five hits with six strikeouts and no walks.
Even though Florida A&M got the first run of the game, the damage could have been a lot worse for the Seminoles as McDonald gave up two hits and hit a batter to start the inning. A great defensive play by center fielder Carly Brieske (Safety Harbor, Fla.) save a run as she threw a runner out of the plate. Prior to this week Brieske only had one assist in her career, but has recorded three this week. McDonald then got a strikeout to end the inning.
For the second time this weekend, the Seminoles produced runs during a two-out rally. With Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) on first, Brieske hit a flair down the right field line to put runners on the corners. A wild pitch scored Wootson as Brieske stole second. Shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) followed with her second triple of the year to plate Brieske. Designated player Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) wrapped up the scoring with an RBI single to score Alicart and make it a 3-1 game.
Three errors by the Seminoles in the top of the third allowed Florida A&M to tie the game at three. Two of the first three batters reached on a pair of throwing errors. A third throwing error on a pick-off attempt at third base brought in one run then a single to right field scored the tying run.
Just as it did in the first inning, Florida State answered the Rattlers’ runs in the fifth. FAMU was almost out of the inning when Alicart was thrown out at third after her second extra base hit of the day – a double to right field. With two outs and Osmon on first after a walk, third baseman Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) ripped a single to left field. Catcher Melissa Wood (Lilburn, Ga.) cranked her third double of the season to plate both runs.
After giving up the two runs in the third, McDonald settled down to retire 14 of the last 16 batters she faced. Florida State got another solid offensive output from the entire line-up as all nine batters reached base at least once. Alicart led the way with a pair of base hits.