Feb. 17, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Three hits a piece from its senior captains was just about all the offense the Florida State University softball team needed as it beat Iowa State 5-0 on Friday (Feb. 17) to win its first two games in the Seminole Classic. FSU matched its longest winning streak from 2005 as it won its sixth in a row.
After dropping the season opener, the Seminoles have reeled off six-straight to improve to 6-1 for the program’s second-best start since the 2001 campaign. Iowa State dropped to 0-2. Rookie hurler Melissa May (San Diego, Calif.) pitched her first collegiate complete game and shutout to up her record to 2-0. Cyclones’ starter Amie Ford took the loss in her first start of the year.
The Seminoles’ co-captains – Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas) and Carly Brieske (Safety Harbor, Fla.) accounted for over 85 percent of the Seminoles’ seven hits on the day and three of FSU’s five runs. The duo each collected three hits with Jacob scoring twice and Brieske driving in a career-high four runs.
On the heals of two lackluster performances, May had the best day of her early Seminole career. After coming in to get the save in the South Carolina game, the lefty threw a complete-game shutout in the nightcap. May struck out a career-best five batters, issued only two walks while facing just four batters over the minimum.
Speed produced the Seminoles’ first run of the game as they took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third. Left fielder Jacob collected her first multi-hit game of the year with her second single of the game – which upped her on-base streak to 31-consecutive games. As Jacob stole second, the throw from the catcher got past the centerfielder and rolled to the wall, allowing Jacob to score the first run of the game.
Adding some insurance in the sixth inning was designated player Brieske. The senior captain hit her first home run in over two years as her solo shot cleared the left-field fence to make a 2-0 FSU lead.
Capping off one of her best days in an FSU uniform, Brieske cleared the bases in the top of the seventh inning. After Jacob picked up an infield single, Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) and Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) reached on a pair of errors to load the bases. Brieske nearly hit her second home run of the day as she roped a double off the left field wall to make it 5-0 in the Seminoles’ favor.
The Seminoles wrap-up their nine-game home stand with the final two games of the Seminole Classic against South Carolina (2 p.m.) and Iowa State (4 p.m.) on Saturday (Feb. 18)