April 14, 2007
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. –
After few innings to adjust to the frigid temperatures, the Florida State bats warmed up in their Atlantic Coast Conference opener against Boston College. The Seminoles scored in the third, fourth and fifth innings then put the game away with five in the ninth as they prevailed 9-0 on Saturday (April 14).
The victory improved Florida State’s record to 7-6 in the ACC and 30-19 overall. The Eagles dropped to 2-8 in the ACC, 8-17 overall.
Picking the victory was Florida State starter Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) as she improved to 12-11 overall and 3-2 in the ACC. The right-hander threw her 15th complete game and sixth shutout on three hits with four strikeouts and six walks. Taking the loss for BC was Taylor Peyton, who dropped to 2-7.
Florida State got a total team effort offensively as nine different players picked up a hit and eight of the nine starters. Leading the way was designate player Monica Montez (Corona, Calif.) as she went 2-for-3. Two-time All-American Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) went 1-for-3 with two RBIs off a two-run home run and scored a pair. Right field LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) and third baseman Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) also crossed the plate twice.
The Seminoles could not get a runner on base off Peyton until the third inning when Davis drew a one-out walk. One batter later, Wootson drilled a two-run home run to left center field to break up the no hitter and put Florida State up 2-0. The homer was her ninth of the season – setting a new single season-high and the 27th of her career.
A Boston College error contributed to FSU’s third run of the game. Shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezulea) drew a lead off walk and moved up to second when the catcher’s throw on a pick off attempt at first went wild. A sacrifice moved her to third and Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) drilled a single down the right field to score Alicart and make it 3-0.
Another miscue by the BC catcher pushed the fourth run across. Snyder started the inning with a double and moved up on a Wootson ground out. A passed ball allowed her to come across and up FSU’s lead to 4-0.
A pair of errors on the same play by the Eagles’ second baseman allowed two more runs to score in the seventh as the Seminoles broke the game open with five runs in the frame by batting around. Davis led off the inning with a single and stole second. Snyder laid down a sacrifice bunt but the throw to first was dropped by Renee Ramos. As Snyder went down to second, Ramos’ throw sailed into right field, allowing Davis and Snyder to score.
Wootson followed with a walk and moved up to third on a single by pinch hitter Camille Garcia (Sandia Pueblo, N.M.) A single by center fielder Carly Wynn (Sharpsburg, Ga.) loaded the bases before Wootson scored on a wild pitch. Ahrberg came through with an RBI single to score Garcia and a double by left fielder Jessica Gilmore (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) scored Wynn with the ninth run.