May 6, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. –
Sometimes the box scores lies. The Florida State University softball more than tripled the hit total of Maryland in the first game of their Atlantic Coast Conference doubleheader on Saturday (May 6). Unfortunately, the Terrapins were ahead in the only category that mattered: runs. Maryland took advantage of three walks and an error in the fourth to beat the Seminoles 6-4.
The loss dropped Florida State to 36-25, 8-10 in the ACC. Maryland moves to within a game of FSU in the ACC standings at 7-11, 33-23 overall.
Seminole starter Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) took the loss as she dropped to 24-15. The sophomore right-hander threw her ACC-best 30th complete game, but gave up six runs, but only three earned, on three hits with five strikeouts and five walks. Getting the victory for the Terrapins was Crystal Crews as she improved to 18-10 while reliever Abbey Welch got the save.
For the second game in a row, and the second-straight ACC contest, the Seminoles struck for runs in the top of the first. Left fielder Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas) led off with an infield single before moving up on a sacrifice by designated player Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.). Shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) lifted a triple off the wall in right field to plate Jacob.
A terrific squeeze bunt by second baseman Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) pushed the second run across as Alicart did a great job sliding around the tag. Catcher Melissa Wood (Lilburn, Ga.) followed with a single then Wootson and Wood pulled off the double steal to put runners on second and third. First baseman Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) drilled a single to center field to score Wootson with the third run.
Maryland got right back in the game in its half of the first when Lindsey Ubrun drilled a two-run home run. Florida State built its lead back up to two runs when it pushed one across in the fourth. Osmon started with a single then moved up on a sacrifice. The sophomore stayed alive when the throw from Crews to third was wild. Jacob followed with her third hit of the day to score Osmon.
Unfortunately, a series of miscues and free passes gave Maryland the lead as they struck for four runs in the fourth to take a 6-4 lead. McDonald issued three walks in the inning – with two of those runners coming across – as well as the second home run of the day by Ubrun. With FSU up 4-3, Alicart committed a two-out error that tied the game then a single by Jennifer Belak plated the go-ahead runs.
Jacob led the way with a 3-for-4 performance as she moved into a tie for ninth in ACC with former Seminole Myssi Calkins at 253 career hits. Seven of the nine players in the line-up picked up at least one hit with Osmon added a 2-for-3 performance.
The two teams complete the doubleheader with game two.