March 16, 2006
FULLERTON, Calif. –
In the movie “Groundhog Day,” Bill Murray continuously wakes up on the same day. Given the problems the Florida State softball team has had in the field, dugout boss Dr. JoAnne Graf may feel that she is starring in her own version of the movie. For the third game in a row, errors costs the Seminoles as they dropped a 6-1 decision on Thursday (March 16) to host Cal State Fullerton in the Judi Garman Classic.
Florida State dropped it third game in a row, as its record fell to 19-12 on the year. With the victory, the Titans improved to 16-13
Rookie hurler Melissa May (San Diego, Calif.) took the loss in her first start in her home state, dropping her record to 5-5. The lefty gave up six runs, three earned, on eight hits with three strikeouts and no walks in her fourth complete game of the season. CSUF starter Candice Baker improved to 11-4 with the win.
The Titans picked up the first run of the game in the second inning. Marissa Marzan led off with a single, then moved up on a sacrifice. A two out bloop to right field brought Marzan home. Two throwing errors brought in a pair of unearned runs in the fourth then the Titans broke the game open on a two-run home run by Katie Gollhardt to make it a 5-0 game.
The Seminoles got their lone run of the game off Baker in the sixth inning. With one out, Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas) laid down a perfect bunt single. Right fielder Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) moved Jacob up on a sacrifice hit. Following an infield single by Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela), center fielder Carly Brieske (Safety Harbor, Fla.) hit a ground rule double to left center, scoring Jacob.
Five of Florida State’s six hits came from each member of the senior class. Catcher BillieAnne Gay (Tallahassee, Fla.) broke up the perfect game with a single in the third. First baseman Kim Hoffer (Houston, Texas) added a single in the fifth and Carey Galuppi (Boca Raton, Fla.) got a pinch-hit single in the seventh.
Florida State continues pool play in the Judi Garman Classic on Thursday with an 8:15 p.m. (PST) contest against No. 10 Arizona State.