March 18, 2006
FULLERTON, Calif. –
St. Patrick’s Day luck was extended a second day for the Fighting Irish as Florida State dropped a 1-0 decision to Notre Dame in the final game of pool play at the Judi Garman Classic. The Irish got their lone run off a Florida State error in a game that originated on Friday afternoon.
The game was halted on Friday at 4:33 p.m. (PST) when heavy rain made the field unplayable and the contest was resumed Saturday morning. Florida State will now take on defending national champion Michigan at 6:15 p.m. (PST). It will be the fourth meeting this year between the Seminoles and Wolverines.
With the loss, Florida State dropped to 20-13. Notre Dame improved its record to 11-8.
Even though starter Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) gave up just the one unearned, her record dropped to 13-7 as she pitched her 15th complete game of the season. The right-hander yielded just two hits with three strikeouts and one walks. Getting the victory was Heater Booth as she evened her record at 5-5.
For the second-straight game, left fielder Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas) started the contest for FSU with a bunt single. The hit was the 209th of her career, tying her for ninth in school history with Kimmy Carter. After a sacrifice bunt got Jacob to second, the All-America candidate stole third, putting her one swipe back of former Seminole Leslie Barton for tenth in ACC history with 57 steals.
Once again, miscues on defense plagued the Seminoles as Notre Dame scored its only run of the game off an FSU error. With two outs, Stephanie Brown’s ground ball got past a fielder and she proceeded to steal second. A single by Alex Kotcheff to left field plated the lone run of the game.
While the two teams only collected five hits, Florida State and Notre Dame combined to leave 11 runners stranded on base. Twice the Seminoles had a runner on third, but Jacob was stranded in the third and shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) – who walked to start the inning – was left on in the sixth.