March 14, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
For the second-straight game, the Florida State softball team put itself in a hole, but unfortunately it couldn’t get its second come-from-behind victory in a row. Every run that No. 24 North Carolina got off the Seminoles was unearned as FSU dropped a 5-3 decision to the Tar Heels during the first game of an Atlantic Coast Conference doubleheader on Tuesday (March 14).
The loss dropped Florida State to 19-9 on the year, 1-1 in the league. The Tar Heels evened their conference record at 1-1 with a 20-7 overall mark.
Taking the first loss of her collegiate career was FSU starter Kayla Collins (Niceville, Fla.) as her ledger dropped to 2-1. The rookie hurler gave up four runs, but none earned, on two hits with one walk. Fellow freshman Melissa May (San Diego, Calif.) came on in relief and gave up just one unearned as she retired 16 of the 22 batters she faced with five strikeouts. North Carolina’s Crystal Cox improved to 8-5.
All of North Carolina’s first four runs were the direct result of FSU errors. An errant throw on a stolen base moved Cassie Palmer to third base. She scored when the next batter hit a sacrifice fly. In the second inning, a muffed throw at first base started a rally that ended when Palmer cleared the bases with a three-run double.
Florida State got one run back in the fourth inning when Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) started with a base knock through the left side and Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) laid down a bunt single. Center fielder Carly Brieske (Safety Harbor, Fla.) put down a sacrifice bunt to get runners on second and third. Reigning ACC Player of the Week Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) pushed the first run across with a sacrifice fly to right field that plated Buckmon.
Buckmon scored her second run of the game in the sixth inning to cut North Carolina’s lead to two. The right fielder led off the frame with a rocket down the left field line for a stand-up double. A deep fly ball to left by Wootson moved her up to third then a wild pitch by Cox brought in Buckmon with the run.
Giving UNC a taste of its own medicine, the Seminoles took advantage of a North Carolina error to make it a one-run game. With two outs in the sixth, Alicart hit a line drive that was dropped by the Tar Heel shortstop. A walk to Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) moved Alicart to second. First baseman Kim Hoffer (Houston, Texas) came through with an infield single and some heads up base running by Alicart scored FSU’s third run as the throw to first on Hoffer’s grounder was in the dirt, allowing Alicart to score.
Unfortunately North Carolina added an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning on FSU’s third error of the game. Palmer got to second on a dropped pop fly, reaching on an error for the second time in the game, beat a throw to third on a ground ball then scored on a single to left field.
Florida State and North Carolina wrapped series with the second game of a doubleheader.