March 27, 2005
ATLANTA, Ga. –
During Saturday’s opening game of the Atlantic Coast Conference series with Georgia Tech, the Florida State University softball team found itself on the wrong end of a no hitter. The Seminoles almost fell victim again as they got a hit in their last at-bat, but it wasn’t enough as the No. 21 Yellow Jackets prevailed 5-0 on Sunday (March 27).
Florida Stated dropped to 20-15, 3-5 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, as it was swept in a conference series for the first time since Georgia Tech took a pair in 2000. The loss marked the 24th-ranked Seminoles’ first five-game losing streak in five seasons when the Tribe dropped eight-straight that same year. The Yellow Jackets maintained their conference lead at 5-1 with an overall record of 32-7.
During Saturday’s opener, Georgia Tech starter Jessica Sallinger posted the eighth no hitter of her career in the 2-0 decision. After coming in the seventh to save the nightcap, the ACC’s all-time leader in strikeouts almost recorded yet another no-no in the finale. With two outs and two strikes in the bottom of the seven, LeShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) broke up the no hitter with a single to left field.
Taking the loss was Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) with her record falling to 10-3. The rookie right-hander gave up five runs, four unearned, on eight hits with four strikeout and five walks.
The Seminole starter worked her way out of a jam in the bottom of the first inning. After allowing a leadoff double to Aileen Morales, who moved up to third on a wild pitch, Caitlin Lever was walked then stole second to put a pair of runners in scoring position with no outs. McDonald then retired the next three batters with some defensive help from Lesley Palmer (Dale City, Va.) who snagged a line drive for the first out.
Unlike the first game against Sallinger, Florida State was able to get runners on base in nearly every inning via free passes. The Yellow Jacket hurler walked a batter in four of the first five innings, but couldn’t get a runner into scoring position.
In the doubleheader on Saturday, the Rambling Wreck did their scoring in the first two innings, but this time McDonald kept Georgia Tech off the board during the first two frames. McDonald wasn’t as fortunate in the third as Georgia Tech struck for two runs in its half of the inning. An error by Kim Hoffer (Houston, Texas) allowed Caitlin Level to reach first. One batter later the Yellow Jackets had two runners in scoring in position thanks to a pair of stolen bases that led to two runs as Sarah Wood produced a one-out single.
Georgia Tech came back in the fifth inning to tack on an insurance run. With one out, Christine Sheridan wrapped a double to left field then scored when Amy Hosier followed with an RBI single. The hosts added two more on a two-out double by Lever.
The 24th-ranked Seminoles return to Tallahassee next week to begin a five-game home stand, starting Wednesday (March 30) with a 5 p.m. doubleheader against Jacksonville.