April 22, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Knowing it needed to win Sunday’s (April 22) series finale with Virginia to stay in the hunt for one of the top seeds in the ACC Tournament, the Florida State softball team wasted no time in securing the win over the Cavaliers. The Seminoles scored in four of their five at-bats to beat Virginia 8-0 in five innings and sweep the three-game set.
Florida State ran its season-high winning streak to eight games as it improved to 36-19, 11-6 in the ACC. The Cavaliers dropped to 15-34 overall, 1-17 in the conference.
Posting her tenth win of the season was Florida State starter Terese Gober (McDonough, Ga.) as she improved to 10-4. The right-hander threw her third shutout of the year, giving up just one hit with four strikeouts and one walk. Taking the loss was UVA’s Coty Tolar who dropped to 5-11.
Florida State pounded out 11 hits with three players amassing two each and all four seniors got at least one hit on Senior Day. Senior catcher Brittany Krbec (Orlando, Fla.) went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and one run scored. First baseman Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) went 2-for-3 and scored a pair of runs while designated player Monica Montez went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.
The Seminoles wasted no time in getting on the board as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead after their first at bat. A single to center field by Montez put runners on the corners, but FSU could not pull off the squeeze bunt as Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calf.) was thrown out at the plate on Carly Wynn’s (Sharpsburg, Ga.) bunt.
Shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) cleared the bases with a two-run double off the top of the centerfield fence to score Montez and Wynn. Alicart, who took third when the relay throw on her double missed the cutoff, scored on a wild pitch to give FSU a 3-0 lead.
A two-out error by the Cavaliers led to the Seminoles’ fourth run in the second inning. Third baseman Michelle Snyder’s (Wenatchee, Wash.) grounder was booted by the UVA shortstop and Wootson followed with a single up the middle – extending her hitting streak to nine games – to push Snyder to third. Montez’s second single in as many innings scored Snyder to extend FSU’s lead to four.
Another Virginia miscue contributed to a pair runs by Florida State in the second inning. With one out, left fielder Jessica Gilmore’s (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) grounder was bobbled and Osmon followed with a double to put runners on second and third. Krbec’s single tipped off the glove of the UVA shortstop as it rolled into left field, allowing Gilmore and Osmon to score and up the margin to 6-0 in the Seminoles’ favor.
The Seminoles ended the game early by stringing together four-straight one-out hits to provided the two runs they needed to win by the eight-run rule. Osmon roped a double to the game in right field and scored on a single by Krbec. A single by senior right fielder LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) moved Krbec into scoring position and she scored the final run on a double by Sndyer.
Florida State is off for a week during final exams. The Seminoles get back into play on April 28 when they travel to North Carolina for the final ACC weekend of the year.