May 21, 2006
ATHENS, Ga. –
It’s a position the Florida State University softball team didn’t want to get in, but it’s one they overcome in the past. Eighth-ranked Georgia scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning to beat the Seminoles 3-1 and force a deciding game in the Athens Regional of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of Sunday’s (May 21) second game will advance
to the Super Regional.
Florida State dropped to 43-28, while the Bulldogs improved 54-15.
Despite giving up no earned runs, Florida State starter Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) was saddled with the loss as she dropped to 30-17. The right-hander gave up three runs, but only one earned, on five hits with four strikeouts and three walks. Getting the victory for Georgia was Kasi Carroll as she improved to 30-6.
The Seminoles struck for the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning. With one out, designated player Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) hit a chopper over the shortstop’s head. Shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) followed with a single that sent Buckmon to third. A sacrifice fly by second baseman Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) brought Buckmon home with the first run.
Fielding miscues allowed Georgia to take the lead in the sixth. With one out and a runner on first after a spectacular diving catch by catcher BillieAnne Gay (Tallahassee, Fla.), Alicart’s throw to second was wide of the base, giving Victoria Sanders third. Another Alicart error allowed the first run to score and put runners on second and third. Megan McAllister hit a sacrifice fly to score pinch runner Sojourner Moody to score the winning run. Georgia tacked on an insurance run in the top of the seventh.
During the semifinals of the ACC Tournament last week, Florida State lost the first game to Georgia Tech, but rallied to win the second game and advance to the championship game. The last time the Seminoles went into the NCAA regional final undefeated was 2004. That year FSU lost the first game to Oregon, but came back to win the second contest 2-0 and advance to the Women’s College World Series.