April 21, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
A pair of three run innings in its first three at bats was more than enough offense for the Florida State softball team as it equaled its longest winnings streak of the year. The Seminoles won their sixth game in a row by defeating Virginia, 8-2, on Saturday (April 21) in the opening game of their doubleheader.
The victory ran Florida State improved to 34-19 overall, 9-6 in the ACC. The Cavaliers dropped to 15-32 overall, 1-15 in the ACC
Winning her fourth conference start in a row was FSU junior Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) as she ran her record to 13-11 overall and 4-2 in the league. The right-hander threw her 17th complete game of the year, giving up two runs on six hits with nine strikeouts and one walk. Taking the loss for Cavaliers was Whitney Holstun, who dropped to 4-4.
Seven of the nine starters in FSU’s line-up picked up at least one hit with four batters collected a pair of hits. Putting together best afternoon was shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) as she went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and tied her career-high with three runs scored. Two-time All-American Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) collected two hits and scored twice. Her triple in the sixth inning gave her solo possession of second place in FSU history with 22 career triples.
Catcher Robin Ahrberg (Stillwater, Okla.) went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and left fielder Jessica Gilmore (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) also collected two hits and drove in a run. Center fielder Carly Wynn (Sharpsburg, Ga.) drove in a run and scored another.
An error to open Florida State’s half of the first inning was all the window the Seminoles needed to put three runs up in their first at-bat. Wootson led off by getting on base via error and proceeded to steal second. After Monica Montez (Corona, Calif.) was hit by a pitch, a sacrifice put two runners in scoring position. A perfectly executed squeeze bunt by Alicart scored Wootson and groundout by Ahrberg brought the next run across. Gilmore laced a single to left field to bring Alicart across with the third run.
The Seminole strung together four-straight hits to start the third inning as they tacked on three more runs. Montez opened the inning with a triple into the right field gap. Wynn roped a single to left field to plate pinch runner Amanda Moore (Niceville, Fla.) and Alicart followed with a double to left field that scored Wynn from first. After singling up the middle, Ahrberg made a wide turn around first and kept going and the throw down to second allowed Alicart to scamper home and make it 6-0 in FSU’s favor.
After threatening in the fourth inning by loading the bases, the Cavaliers pushed across two runs in the fifth as they strung together four hits off McDonald. The Seminoles got both of those runs back in sixth as Wootson started the inning with a triple then scored on a ground out by Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.). A double by Ahrberg plated Alicart to complete the scoring.
The two teams wrap up their doubleheader with game two.