March 16, 2007
FULLERTON, Calif. –
Over the last two years the Florida State softball team has played Michigan more than any school in the ACC. Fortunately for the No. 24 Seminoles they won’t have to see the No. 7 Wolverines in the conference tournament later in the season as they dropped their third game to Michigan this year, losing a 4-2 decision on Friday (March 16) during the second day of the Judi Garman Classic.
Florida State dropped its ninth-straight game to the Wolverines as their record fell to 21-10. Michigan improved to 22-1.
Losing her second game to Michigan this year was FSU starter Melissa May (San Diego, Calif.) as her record dropped to 5-2. The left-hander gave up four runs, but just one earned, on 10 hits with one walk. Getting the victory for the Wolverines was Lorilyn Wilson, who came on in the fifth in relief of Nikki Nemitz and upped her record to 13-1.
No Seminole had more than one hit, but Player of the Year candidate Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) and center fielder Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) were the only two players to reach base more than once. The two-time All-American extended her hitting streak to 15 games in the third with an infield single.
After Michigan pushed a run across in the first inning on a passed ball, the Seminoles answered with one of their own in the second. Shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) led off with a double then first baseman Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) followed with a two-bagger of her own off the fence in centerfield to score Alicart.
Michigan quickly regained the lead with a two-out triple in its half of the second to give it a 2-1 lead, but the Seminoles rallied to tie the game in the fifth. Designated player Monica Montez (Corona, Calif.) led off with a single then FSU got the tying run thanks to the Michigan pitching staff. Buckmon was hit by a pitch and after a sacrifice put runners on the second and third. Wilson intentionally walked Wootson. A patient LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) drew a bases loaded walk to tie the game at 2-2.
Unfortunately the same miscues that plagued the Seminoles in their first two games with Michigan came back to haunt them again. With one out in the sixth, and runners on first and second, the Wolverines pulled off a double steal and catcher Robin Ahrberg’s (Stillwater, Okla.) throw to third sailed over Alicart’s head into left field. Left fielder Jessica Gilmore’s (For Walton Beach, Fla.) throw home was cut off as Rebekah Milian scored the game-winning run.
Florida State is off for the rest of the day and waits to see where it will finish in its pool and find out its opponent in bracket play. The Seminole will play at either 9 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. (PDT) and have the potential to play #5 Arizona, #6 Oklahoma or ACC foe NC State.