April 13, 2005
FLORIDA STATE 1, UCF 0
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With two outs and two runners on base in the seventh inning, sophomore right fielder LaShaun Davis slammed a deep shot to center for the game-winning run, as Florida Sate prevailed 1-0 versus UCF Wednesday evening on JoAnne Graf Field at the Seminole Softball Complex. Senior hurler Casey Hunter notched her 13th victory of the season (13-12) after giving up no runs, two walks, four hits, and striking out five in seven innings of play.
The Golden Knights dropped to 35-21-1 and Ashley Baker (5-4) received the loss for Central Florida. During the first contest of the twin bill, UCF defeated Florida State (2-1) for the first time ever in the program’s history.
After Veronica Wootson and Tatiana George went down swinging in the bottom of the seventh, freshman catcher Melissa Wood walked and was replaced by junior pinch runner Carly Brieske. During the next at bat, senior third baseman Lesley Palmer singled before Davis doubled to center field for the victory. The hit was a line drive shot at Jania Shinhoster and the centerfielder attempted to play the bounce but ultimately the ball went between her legs. Shinhoster never chased after the loose ball as it rolled to the fence, scoring Brieske.
Both squads recorded four hits each and the Seminoles received two of them from Davis. Junior left fielder Natasha Jacob and Palmer had one a piece, respectively.
The defensive play of the contest belonged to George who played center field for the first time this season. In the top of the sixth inning, the Golden Knights’ Lindsay Enders drove a line drive to left center before George dove and snagged the ball bringing fans to their feet. The play proved beneficial because during the next at bat Crystle Krafft doubled.
Junior utility infielder Kim Hoffer took over at shortstop for the Tribe. The lineup shuffle might have been due to the fact that freshman Whitney Buckmon is out because of an illness that is expected to sideline her for at least two weeks.
The Seminoles will open in a three-game series against ACC foe Maryland beginning Saturday at 2:00 p.m.