April 14, 2007
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. –
With the mercury about 30 degrees below what it’s used to in Tallahassee, it took the Florida State softball team a few innings to adjust to blustery northeast weather. The Seminoles were able to dig themselves out a 3-0 hole by scoring six unanswered runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to beat Boston College 6-3 and sweep Saturday’s (April 14) doubleheader.
Florida State swept its second ACC doubleheader of the year to improve to 8-6 in the league and 31-19 overall. Boston College dropped to 2-9 in the conference, 8-18 overall.
“I was glad to see that we pick up our offense as the game went out and we didn’t try to press after we didn’t score the first few innings,” FSU head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said. “We were patient at the plate today and really made some nice adjustments the second and third time through the line-up. Both pitchers threw very well today and we played good defense behind them given the adverse conditions.”
Picking up the victory in the circle for the Seminoles was sophomore Melissa May (San Diego, Calif.) as she improved to 9-4, 4-1 in the conference. The lefty gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits with three strikeouts and one walk. Taking the loss was the Eagles’ Britney Thompson who dropped to 4-9.
For the second game in a row the Seminoles got a balanced hitting attack with the eight hits coming from seven different batters. Topping the team was first baseman Kelly Langston (Sopchoppy, Fla.) as she went 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored. Leading the way with two RBIs off a two-run homer in the fifth was shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela). The dinger was her 11th of the year, which is one off her single-season record set last season.
After spotting the Eagles three runs in their first two at-bats, Florida State got its first two runs of the game on a clutch two-out hit. Left fielder Jessica Gilmore (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) drew a two-out walk and moved up to second on a single by Langston that ricocheted off the pitcher. Catcher Brittany Krbec (Orlando, Fla.) delivered two-out double to the gap in right field that BC’s Amanda Booth couldn’t make a diving catch on to score Gilmore and Langston and close the gap to 3-2.
Another two-out rally gave the Seminoles the lead in the fifth inning. Third baseman Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) picked up a lead off single, but was almost stranded on second until center fielder Carly Wynn (Sharpsburg, Ga.) delivered a single just over the first baseman’s head to plate Snyder with the tying run. Alicart followed with a laser shot over the right field fence to give Florida State a 5-3 lead.
Florida State added an insurance run in the top of the sixth inning to extend its lead to 6-3. Langston picked up her second hit of the day with a bloop single over third base. Pinch runner Amanda Moore (Niceville, Fla.) advanced to third on a single up the middle by LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) and she crossed the plate when Boston College elected to tag out Davis on the double steal attempt.
Once she got settled into the game May threw a quality game. After BC’s third run came across in the second, she proceeded to retire 12 batters in a row until a single in the sixth.
The two teams will finish up their three game series on Sunday (April 15) with a single game at 11 a.m. The game time was moved up two hours due to inclement weather in the forecast.