March 5, 2005
CHAPEL HILL, NC – On a rain stricken day, the 20th-ranked Florida State softball team once again fell victim to a costly fielding errors and refused to score any runs in the final four innings, as the Seminoles succumbed to North Carolina, 3-2. The loss was the first regular season miscue against the Tar Heels since the 2001 regular season. FSU dropped to 14-6 overall and 2-1 in league action and UNC improved to 14-6 overall and 1-2 in ACC play.
Florida State left runners on base in five of seven innings, and only produced four hits against Tar Heel pitcher Alison Yin (5-1). Senior Casey Hunter was credited with the loss for Florida State after pitching a complete game and giving up seven hits and striking out just eight. Hunter threw 148 pitches on the day.
The Seminoles got on the board first when senior third baseman Lesley Palmer singled in left fielder Natasha Jacob who had reached on a walk. However, things turned for a worse in the second inning when the Seminoles gave up two hits, two runs and had one error. FSU would put up one more run in the third inning after Wootson doubled to left field and Jacob reached on a fielding error by UNC’s first baseman for the unearned point. The Tar Heels would match the run in the third for the final score of the game. Jessica Young had a leadoff double down the right field line and Marissa May replaced her on second as the pinch runner. May advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and Whitney Gelin was hit by a pitch. On the next play, the Tar Heels executed a double steal and May hit home plate safely.
Palmer led the offense with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate. Veronica Wootson and Whitney Buckmon each registered a hit, respectively. Tar Heel shortstop Anna Evans had a 3-for-4 day at the plate to pace the home team.
Florida State coaches changed things up on the field during the game. Junior Kim Hoffer replaced senior shortstop Tatiana George in the second inning and sophomore BillieAnne Gay took the place of starting catcher Melissa Wood.
The Seminoles will take the day off tomorrow before opening a three-game series with NC State on Monday and Tuesday.