April 15, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State sophomore pitcher Tiffany McDonald was nearly flawless for eight innings taking a no-hitter into the ninth. Unfortunately, in that ninth and final inning, the North Carolina State bats caught up to her as the Wolfpack scored a pair of runs in the top of the ninth to win the first game of the Atlantic Coast Conference doubleheader 2-0 on Saturday (April 15).
The loss dropped Florida State back to .500 in the league at 6-6 with a 31-20 overall record. The Wolfpack improved to 37-16, 9-4 in the ACC.
Through the first eight innings, McDonald’s performance was on par with her victories over No. 10 Arizona State and No. 23 Florida as she struck out 16 batters and hadn’t surrendered a hit. NC State’s Shanna Smith ended the no hitter with a single to lead off the ninth then Jennifer Chamberlin broke scoreless tie with a two-run home run.
Despite having one of her best outings of the year, McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) took the loss, dropping her to 20-12. The righty had a career-high 19 strikeouts, scattered four hits and gave up just two walks. Getting the victory was the Wolfpack’s Abbie Sims to improve her mark to 18-9.
Through the first five innings it was a pitcher’s duel as Florida State accounted for the only two hits. Designated player Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) had an infield single in the second inning and catcher Melissa Wood (Lilburn, Ga.) added a single through the right side in the fourth.
Florida State had a chance to get the first run of the game in each of the first three innings as it put a runner on third in each inning. The Seminoles had a runner on each of the first eight innings, but couldn’t push a run across, stranding six runners.
The two teams finish Saturday’s doubleheader with the second game at 2:30