March 4, 2007
RALEIGH, N.C. –
Often it’s not how many hits you get, but when you get them that determines the winning team. The No. 19 Florida State softball team out-hit NC State in all three games of its weekend series to start Atlantic Coast Conference play, but the Wolfpack came away with two of the three games. NC State got a three-run home run in the sixth inning to come away with the 4-2 victory in the series finale on Sunday (March 4).
The loss dropped Florida State to 12-7 on the year and 1-2 to start conference play for the second year in a row. NC State improved to 14-6, 2-1 in the league.
Getting the loss for the Seminoles was freshman hurler Terese Gober (McDonough, Ga.) as her record fell to 4-2. The right-hander gave up four runs on three hits with one strikeout, but three walks in five and a third innings of work. Left-hander Melissa May (San Diego, Calif.) pitched the final two-thirds of the sixth. Picking the victory for the Wolfpack was Abbie Sims with her record climbing to 8-3.
Florida State out-hit NC State 6-4 for the game and 18-8 for the weekend. Leading the Seminoles offense was shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) as she went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Right fielder LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) scored the other run and left fielder Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) drove in the other.
FSU used its speed to produce the first run of the game in the top of the fourth inning. Davis drew a lead off walk, her second of the day, and one out later stole second base. Alicart came through with a single through the right side to score Davis from second. In nearly identical fashion, NC State tied the game in the bottom half of the inning as Shanna Smith drew a walk, stole second and scored on a two-out single by Allison Presnell.
The Seminoles had a rally going in the fifth inning as left fielder Carly Wynn (Sharpsburg, Ga.) and third baseman Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) hit back-to-back singles to put runner on first and second. Unfortunately, the Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calf.) fouled out to the catcher and Davis struck out to end the threat.
A two-out base hit went the Seminoles way in the sixth as they regained the lead. With one out, Alicart blooped a single over the first baseman’s head for her second hit of the day. One out later, Buckmon drove a ball in the right field gap to scored Alicart the whole way from third and give FSU a 2-1 lead.
Unfortunately, the free pass was downfall of the Seminoles in the sixth. Gober walked the first two batters then got a pop up for the first out, but surrendered the three-run home run to Smith that was the difference.
Florida State returns home to JoAnne Graf Field next weekend to play host to the FSU Invitational. The Seminoles open the three-day tournament with Syracuse at 1:30 p.m., followed by Georgia State at 4 p.m.