March 3, 2007
RALEIGH, N.C.. –
There’s a new battle for the top spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference and currently it’s being won by NC State. For just the second time in school history, and the first since 2000, the No. 19 Florida State softball team dropped its conference opener as it fell to defending league champion NC State, 6-3, in the first game of Saturday’s (March 3) doubleheader.
The Seminoles losing streak increased to four games as it dropped to 11-6 and 0-1 in the ACC. The Wolfpack improved to 13-5, 1-0 in the conference.
Suffering her third loss in a row was junior pitcher Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) as she dropped to 3-4. The right-hander gave up four runs, all earned, on two hits with four strikeouts and three walks in just three and a third innings of work. Rookie hurler Terese Gober (McDonough, Ga.) came on in the fourth and gave up two runs on three hits. Getting the victory was NC State’s Abbie Sims, who improved to 7-3.
All three of FSU’s runs came off home runs as shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) and designated player Brittany Krbec (Orlando, Fla.) each left the field. Topping the team with a pair of hits was center fielder Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) as she collected two singles.
Florida State got on the board first with a run in the second inning. Alicart led off the frame with solo home run, her fourth of the year, to straight-away centerfield. The Seminoles got two more runs in the sixth inning to cut the NC State lead to three when Krbec hit her first home run as a Seminole to score pinch runner Amanda Moore (Niceville, Fla.) and make it 6-3.
NC State answered with a long ball of its own in the third as Heather Gelbard hit a two-run homer to give the Wolfpack a 2-1 lead. The home run did the Seminoles in again in the fourth as with one out McDonald walked back-to-back batters and Allison Presnell hit a three-run home run off Gober.
The two teams continue Saturday’s doubleheader with game two.