Feb. 24, 2007
COLUMBUS, Ga. –
Needing just one out to advance to the championship bracket of the NFCA Classic, the Florida State softball team may have been caught looking ahead to Sunday. The No. 20 Seminoles gave up eight runs in the seventh and eighth innings to hand Tennessee Tech a 9-8 victory on Saturday (Feb. 24).
Florida State was given its first loss of the tournament as it dropped to 10-2 on the year. TTU beat its second ranked opponent in as many days to improve to 7-5.
Taking the loss was freshman Terese Gober (McDonough, Ga.). The right-hander came on in the seventh with two runners on base and proceeded to give up six runs, three earned, on two hits with three strikeouts. Getting a no decision was left-hander Melissa May (San Diego, Calif.) as she came out with two runners on in the seventh and reentered in the eighth. The sophomore gave up three runs on six hits with two strikeouts and a walk in six and two-thirds innings. The win went to the Golden Eagles’ Sarah Street who improved to 2-2.
Florida State out-hit Tennessee Tech to the tune of 12-8, but left eight runners on and gave the Golden Eagles five runners through walks and hit batters. Topping Florida State was Player of the Year candidate Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) as she went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. The lone run moved the second baseman to sixth in ACC history and fifth in Seminole lore with 157 career runs scored.
Two other players had a multi-hit game as shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) and left fielder Carly Wynn (Sharpsburg, Ga.) each went 2-for-4. Alicart had a team-high three RBIs, while Wynn tied Wootson and designated player Brittany Krbec (Orlando, Fla.) with two runs scored.
The Seminoles went into the top of the seventh with a 5-1 lead. May hit the first batter then gave up a double. Gober hit the first batter she faced to load the bases, but appeared to be out of the jam as she got the next two batters out. Unfortunately, she gave up a grand slam to Amanda Glover to tie the game at 5-5. FSU went down one, two, three in its half of the seventh.
The runner placed on second to start the eighth with the international tiebreaker scored on a single. One out later, Gober got a strikeout but strike three was wild, allowing the runner to take first. Gober issued a walk to load the bases before May was brought back.
The first batter she faced grounded to Alicart, but her throw to the plate was wide, allowing the second run to score in the inning. A sacrifice fly pushed TTU’s third run across then May was called for a balk that pushed the eventual winning run across.
FSU did not go down quietly in its half of the inning as Alicart scored from second on single by left fielder Jessica Gilmore (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.). First baseman Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) followed with a single but was eliminated at second base on a grounder by Wynn that put runners on the corners. Third baseman Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) scored Gilmore from third with a single then Wootson drove in Wynn with another single. Unfortunately, the Seminoles couldn’t get the tying run across as Street educed a pair of ground out to end the game.
Florida State wasted no time in getting on the board as Wootson led off the bottom of the first inning with a solo home run to left field. With two outs, Krbec reached on a fielding error. Alicart followed with a double into the left field gap that scored Krbec all the way from first.
Another Golden Eagle error allowed the Seminoles to score their third run of the game in the second inning. Wynn hit a one out single and moved up to second on a groundout. A wild pitch moved her to third then on Wootson’s infield single the TTU’s first baseman tried to pick off Wynn as she went back to the base, but the throw was high and allowed Wynn to score.
Tennessee Tech got its first run off May with a solo home run in the fourth, but Florida State answered with a pair of runs an inning later. Right fielder LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) picked up a one-out single and stole second. She moved up on a ground out then Krbec drew a walk to put runners on the corners. Alicart followed with her second double of the day to score both runners and make it a 5-1 game.
Florida State wraps up pool play on Saturday with a 1 p.m. contest against Seton Hall.