April 21, 2006
BLACKSBURG, Va. –
Every time Florida State University pitcher Tiffany McDonald has gone out during Atlantic Coast Conference play, she has given the Seminoles a chance to win. Unfortunately, the offensive support hasn’t been there of late. For the third time in the last four conference games, McDonald gave up two earned runs or less, but still took the loss as Virginia Tech prevailed 2-0 on Friday (April 21).
Florida State dropped it second-straight game to Virginia Tech as its ledger fell to 33-23, 7-8 in the league. The Hokies improved to 9-6 in the league, 32-13 overall. Virginia Tech won a 14-inning marathon last year at the ACC Tournament.
Throwing her ACC-best 28th complete game of the year was McDonald (Belfair, Wash.), but despite giving up just two runs, she was saddled with the loss to drop her record to 22-13. The sophomore scattered five hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
Getting the victory was Virginia Tech’s Angela Tincher as she improved to 20-6. With her 13 strikeouts in the game, Tincher surpassed former FSU All-American Jessica van der Linden’s conference mark of 387 strikeouts in a season.
Despite putting a runner on base in four of the first five innings, including three in scoring position, the Seminoles couldn’t muster a run. Over the last four ACC games McDonald has started, Florida State has only managed to score a pair of runs in 30 innings of play.
Florida State’s first hit of the game came in the top of the first when shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) singled up the middle. An infield single by designated player Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) in the third accounted for the remainder of FSU’s hits.
The two teams complete the three-game series on Saturday (April 22) with a 12 p.m. doubleheader.