March 23, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Looking to recapture the clutch hitting that has been absent last week, the Florida State University softball team came through with a pair of runs in sixth inning to beat Florida International 3-1 on Thursday (March 23). The victory snapped a three-two game slide.
With the victory, Florida State improved to 21-14, while the Golden Panthers dropped to 15-19. FSU has won the last four games with FIU.
After a rough trip back to the West Coast, Florida State starter Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) picked up the victory as she upped her mark to 14-8, matching her win total from all of 2005. The right-hander threw her league-leading 17th complete game, giving up just one run on two hits with seven strikeouts. FIU’s Penny Eastman took the loss as she fell to 7-5.
For the second game in a row, the Seminoles scored in the first inning when they pushed a run across during their first at-bat. With one out, designated player Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) drew a walk and stole second. Shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) followed with a double to straight-away center field to score Buckmon.
Florida State could have added more runs in the opening frame, but left the bases loaded. The Seminoles missed several scoring opportunities as they stranded seven runners through five innings and went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
The Golden Panthers tied the game at one in the top of the fifth. Ashley Falk poked a triple to right field, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Desiree Fink.
In the sixth the Seminoles took the lead for good when they scored a pair of runs. Center fielder Carly Brieske (Safety Harbor, Fla.) led off with a single and moved up to second on a fielder’s choice bunt by first baseman Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) Two outs later, catcher Melissa Wood (Lilburn, Ga.) delivered a single up the middle to score Brieske with the game winner. Left fielder Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas) followed with a grounder that was misplayed by Eastman, allowing Osmon to score.
The Seminoles get back into conference action this weekend when they take on Boston College. The three-game set begins with a 1 p.m. doubleheader Saturday (March 25) that will be broadcast live on Sun Sports.