April 10, 2006
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –
Three home runs in the sixth inning broke open a three-three tie as the Florida State softball team gained a split of Sunday’s (April 9) Atlantic Coast Conference doubleheader at Virginia by taking game two 8-5 Melissa Wood, Michelle Snyder and Yuruby Alicart all went deep as the Seminoles rallied from a run down.
The victory improved Florida State’s record to 30-19, 6-5 in the ACC, as it reached 30 wins for the 27th season in row. The Cavaliers dropped to 20-17 overall and 3-8 in the conference.
Getting her second conference victory was freshman hurler Kayla Collins (Niceville, Fla.) as she improved to 4-2. The right-hander threw 6.1 innings, giving up five runs, two earned, on 10 hits with eight strikeouts and two walks. Sophomore Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) came on to finish the game for her third save of the year. After getting the win in game one, Erin Horn took the loss in relief as her record fell to 8-7.
After tying the game in the fifth, the Seminoles erupted for five runs in the sixth. Catcher Wood (Lilburn, Ga.) led off with a solo home run off Horn, her fourth of the season to give FSU the lead for good. One out later, center fielder Carly Brieske (Safety Harbor, Fla.) lifted a double to right field. Third baseman Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) cleared the bases with her second home run in a week.
Left fielder Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas) picked up her second hit of the day on an infield single. With two outs, shortstop Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) hit a towering shot that stayed just inside the left field foul pole to give FSU the 8-3 advantage.
Rebounding from the first game, the Seminoles scored a pair of runs in the first inning. Jacob and designated hitter Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) hit back-to-back singles to start the game. After a sacrifice by Alicart, second baseman Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) reached on an error to load the bases. Jacob was thrown out at the plate on a ground ball by right fielder LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.), but Wood came through with a single up the middle to score Buckmon and Wootson.
The Cavaliers made it a one run game in the first inning when they pulled of a double steal. Virginia took its first lead of the game in the fourth inning when first baseman Whitney Holstun hit a two-run home run to give the hosts a 3-2 lead.
Florida State came back to tie the game in the fifth with a trio of singles. Brieske and Snyder led off with back-to-back base knocks. A ground out by Jacob put runners on second and third. One out later, Alicart was walked to load then bases then Wootson came through with a single through the right side to score Brieske with the tying run.
The Seminoles will be back at JoAnne Graf Field Wednesday (April 12) to play host to crosstown rival Florida A&M in a 6 p.m. game.