Feb. 10, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Even though Louisville out-hit Florida State 12-5 Natasha Jacob’s continued her run at history. The Cardinals managed to get the best of the Seminoles’ 12-3 during the season opener for FSU in the Early Bird Tournament on Friday (Feb. 10).
During her second at-bat in the third inning, Jacob (Coppell, Texas) laid down a bunt back to Bishop in the circle. The senior outfielder beat the throw and extended her hitting streak to 25 games, trying her with four other players for the 16th-longest in NCAA history.
Bishop picked up her first win of the season as Louisville improved to 2-0 by winning both of its games at the Early Bird. Florida State dropped just its fourth opener in Dr. JoAnne Graf’s 28-year tenure to fall to 0-1. The loss is FSU’s worse since dropping a 15-0 decision to Arizona in the NCAA Regional. Sophomore Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) was saddled with the loss.
Louisville got on the board first with a run during its opening at-bat. After McDonald retired the first batter, Candi Hicks picked up a single then stole second. A double by Courtney Moore to left centerfield plated Hicks.
After Bishop had retired the first six Seminoles, designated player Carly Brieske (Safety Harbor, Fla.) and first baseman Kim Hoffer (Houston, Texas) drew back-to-back walks to open the bottom of the third. After Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) grounded into a double play, Jacob beat Bishop’s throw to first that sailed down the right-field line. Hoffer came around from second to score the Seminoles’ first run of the game.
The Cardinals broke open the 1-1 tie in the top of the fourth with five runs off McDonald. FSU almost got out of the inning with giving up just one run after Snyder made a diving stop with the bases loaded to cut down the lead runner. However, Hicks scored two runs on a single to the left side and Moore cleared the bases with a triple to give the Cardinals a 6-1 lead. Michelle Vasquez added a solo home run in the fifth.
Brieske reached base for the second time in two at-bats when she singled with one out in the fifth, but was erased at second on Hoffer’s fielder’s choice. Snyder roped her first collegiate hit, a double to right field, to plate Hoffer with her second run of the game. Florida State’s third run of the game came in the sixth as second baseman Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) scored on a single by right fielder LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.).
Louisville tacked on five more runs its half of the sixth inning to end the game via run rule. The big blow in the inning was a grand slam by Lacy Wood.
Florida State completes its first day of play in the Early Bird Tournament by taking on Samford at 6:30 p.m.