March 2, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sophomore LaShaun Davis slugged a perfect 1.000 and went 3-for-4 at the plate (.750) and sophomore Veronica Wootson had a 3-for-5 performance on the day to pace the Florida State offense to a 2-0 series record against the Maine Black Bears. Junior Natasha Jacob had three RBIs. The Seminoles improved their record to 12-6 on the season by claiming a 1-0 and 5-2 victory against the visitors.
Senior Casey Hunter (6-5) and freshman Tiffany McDonald (6-0) each pitched complete games and earned wins for their respective games.
Florida State hit .333 in both contests combined and held Maine to a low .152 mark.
No. 20 Florida State 1, Maine 0
Freshman Brittany Osmon hit the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning when she knocked-in freshman Whitney Buckmon who had reached base on a single, lifting No. 20 Florida State (11-6) to a 1-0 win over Maine (0-3) in a non-conference game at the Seminole Sports Complex on Wednesday. The game was the first of eight games the Seminoles will play during a seven day span.
Buckmon drew a leadoff single to start Florida State’s seventh and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior Tatiana George and later stole third base with one out. Senior Lesley Palmer came up to the plate and hit a hard grounder to shortstop, which kept Buckmon hanging on third base before Osmon singled.
While the run sealed the contest, the performance by Seminole pitcher Casey Hunter in the circle was the true highlight of the afternoon. The senior NFCA All-American hurler recorded a season-high 14 strikeouts against the 25 batters she faced. In seven innings, she allowed just one hit and walked only a single Black Bear.
Hunter’s career single game strikeout record is 15. She established it two years ago during the 2003 season against Pacific.
Florida State had nine hits and left 10 runners stranded in the first five innings. In fact, the Seminoles had runners in scoring position for five consecutive innings but couldn’t find a way to advance one another to home plate.
Buckmon, Osmon, and Wootson recorded two hits each to lead the Seminoles. Also, Palmer had a double and Jacob and Melissa Wood tallied a hit apiece, respectively, for the Seminole offense.
Lauren Dulkis notched the only Maine hit of the game.
Maine………000 000 0 – 0 1 0
Florida State..000 000 1 – 0 9 1
Hunter (W, 6-5)
Jaegge (L, 0-1)
No. 20 Florida State 5, Maine 2
Tatiana George slammed a leadoff solo homerun to left centerfield in the fourth inning and gave No. 20 Florida State (12-6) its second run of the game in a 5-2 victory over Maine (0-4) during the backend of a doubleheader Wednesday night. In the third, LaShaun Davis reached base on a single and Natasha Jacob sent her home thanks to a sacrifice fly for FSU’s first points of the game.
The Seminoles tallied four errors in the contest, but were able to convert five runs off their seven total hits. Freshman pitcher Tiffany McDonald (6-0) kept her perfect record intact, earning her sixth win of the season after striking out nine batters.
Davis paced the Tribe offense with a 3-for-3 performance at the plate that included one RBI, two runs, a stolen base, and a double. Natasha Jacob earned her third triple of the season and brought in two runners on a two-out hit that scored Veronica Wootson and Davis. Jacob was 1-for-2 with a game-best three RBIs.
Lesley Palmer registered her second straight double in as many games with a leadoff shot to the outfield in the second.
The Seminoles start Atlantic Coast Conference play Friday with a doubleheader against the University of North Carolina. The 2005 season marks the first time the league has moved to a three-game-series format and the Tribe will follow the Tar Heel games with a trip to NC State Monday and Tuesday.
Maine………001 001 0 – 2 6 1
Florida State..001 121 x – 5 7 4
McDonald (W, 6-0)
Bennis (L, 0-2)