March 30, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
For once the student got the better of the teacher. Former Florida State pitcher and assistant coach Tina (Kyler) Deese took her No. 17/18 Auburn Tigers to her alma mater and came away with a victory as the Tigers prevailed 7-2 on Thursday (March 30).
Florida State dropped to 25-16 on the year, while Auburn improved to 24-10. The contest was a rematch of a pair games from last year’s NCAA Regional where the Seminoles knocked the hosts out of tournament.
Even though she recorded her league-leading 19th complete game of the season, sophomore Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) took the loss as she dropped to 15-10. The right-hander gave up seven runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts and four walks. The Tigers’ Beth DiPietro got the victory, improving to 11-4.
“We put ourselves in a position to have a big inning several times, but we made some base running errors that hurt us,” FSU head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said. “We made too many mistakes that costs us runs and against a good team like Auburn you can’t give them runs and we weren’t our best early in the game.”
Auburn staked itself an early lead as it scored three times in the first and another in the second off a solo home run by Kristina McCain. Florida State appeared to have answer as left fielder Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas) led off the first with a single and first baseman Kim Hoffer (Houston, Texas) picked up a double to start the second, but both runners were stranded on third.
Florida State struck for its only two runs of the game in the sixth inning. Shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) led off the frame with her second hit of the day, but was eliminated at second on a grounder by Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.). One out later, catcher Melissa Wood (Lilburn, Ga.) lifted a home run that just cleared the left field fence to make it a 2-0 game.
Wood, Alicart and Jacob accounted for nearly all of Florida State’s seven hits at two apiece. The Seminoles had their streak of five-straight games – the longest by FSU since 2000 – with ten or more hits ended.
The Seminoles get back into Atlantic Coast Conference action on Saturday when they start a three-game series with No. 25 Georgia Teach with a 1 p.m. doubleheader at JoAnne Graf Field.