April 21, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Over the last two seasons, Florida State pitcher Tiffany McDonald has been there whenever her team has needed her. With the Seminoles in the hunt for the regular season ACC title they needed her to secure the win over Virginia in the second game of Saturday’s (April 21) doubleheader. She responded by throwing to two scoreless innings to tie the Florida State career record for saves and helped the Seminoles beat the Cavaliers 4-2.
The save was the seventh of McDonald’s career as she tied Casey Hunter for the career mark. She needs just four more to break into the NCAA record book.
The victory made Florida State one of two schools to win ten ACC games each of the last three seasons, joined by Georgia Tech, as it improved to 10-6 and 35-19 overall. FSU also ran its winning streak to seven games, its longest streak since 2004. The loss dropped Virginia to 1-6 in the ACC, 15-33 overall.
Getting the victory was FSU starter Melissa May (San Diego, Calif.) as she improved to 11-4 overall and won her team-best fifth ACC game. The left hander worked five innings, giving up two runs on five hits with three strikeouts, two walks and two hit batters. Taking the loss was UVA’s Whitney Holstun, who dropped to 5-4.
Three-quarters of Florida State’s hits came from a trio of players as two-time All-American Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.), right fielder Monica Montez (Corona, Calif.) and designated player Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) all had two hits each. Wootson scored twice and Montez drove in a pair.
The Seminoles’ speed provided the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning. Wootson led off with a bunt single and stole second. Montez followed with a single up the middle to score Wootson.
Back-to-back doubles by Wootson and Montez helped stretch FSU’s lead to 4-0 in the second inning. A pair of errors by the UVA second baseman on the same play put first baseman Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) on second base. A ground out moved her to third then Buckmon was hit to put runners on the corners. The two pulled off a double steal to score the first run. Wootson drilled a double off the center field fence to score Buckmon and Montez hit one in nearly the same spot to score Wootson and make it 4-0.
Virginia cut the lead in half thanks to three free passes from May. She started the inning with a walk and then got a ground out. A single up the middle put runners on first and second then May preceded to hit two batters in a row to push the first run across. Another ground out scored the second run and cut Florida State’s lead to 4-2.
The Cavaliers had a chance to tie the game in the sixth as May put the first two batters on before she was pulled in favor of McDonald. The right hander struck out the next three batters to get out of the jam and induced a double play in the seventh to end the game.
The two teams will conclude the three game series on Sunday at 12 p.m. Before the game FSU will honor the four seniors on this year’s team.