March 11, 2005 - by
No. 21 Softball Opens FSU Invitational With Two Wins

March 11, 2005

Final Stats (FSU vs. Saint Joseph’s)

Final Stats (FSU vs. Iowa State)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sophomore NFCA All-American second baseman Veronica Wootson improved her hit streak to six games, including a two-run home run to deep left field against Saint Joseph’s, as Florida State captured its eighth win in 10 outings at the FSU Invitational. The Tribe defeated Iowa State, 1-0, and then upended Saint Joseph’s, 4-0, at the Seminole Softball Complex Friday. FSU improved its record to 17-8.

Pitchers Casey Hunter (9-6) and Tiffany McDonald (8-1) combined for 17 strikeouts and allowed just seven hits in 14 innings of shutout ball.

The Seminoles played scrappy defense and committed just one error on the day.

Freshman catcher Melissa Wood continued to hammer the ball and hit a team-high .600 in the two outings combined, registering the game-winning double in one and tallying two RBIs.

The Seminoles recorded their eighth game of the season that was decided by one run and escaped with a 1-0 victory against Iowa State Friday afternoon during the opening round of the FSU Invitational. The Cyclones dropped to 5-12 overall while the Seminoles jumped to 16-8 behind pitcher Casey Hunter (0.89 ERA).

There were six and a half scoreless innings in the game until Veronica Wootson led off with a single to left field in the bottom of the seventh and Melissa Wood, riding a three-game hit streak, followed with a double to score the speedy second baseman. Her hit sealed the victory for the home team.
Florida State had five hits in the game, including a 2-for-2 performance by right fielder LaShaun Davis and freshman center fielder Whitney Buckmon produced a single.

Alyssa Ransom (3-8) was handed with the loss and Hunter improved to 9-6 after pitching a complete game. She allowed four hits, walked two and struck out nine, respectively.

Cyclone standout Ashley Killeen went 3-for-3 against Hunter.

Freshman pitcher Tiffany McDonald marked down her fourth shutout of the season during a 4-0 victory against Saint Joseph’s (1-3) in the second game of the day for the Florida State Seminoles (17-8). McDonald (0.73 ERA) allowed just three hits, two walks and retired eight batters. Lauren Hughes earned the loss for the Hawks.

During the Tribe’s first at bat of the contest, Natasha Jacob led off with a single and two batters later Wootson pounded a ball over the fence for the early 2-0 advantage. The home run was Wootson’s first of the season.

Florida State’s final two runs were scored in the third inning when junior catcher BillieAnne Gay posted a hard hit triple to the gap in right field. She eventually scored on a wild pitch and Buckmon, who had singled, hit home plate when Wood knocked her in with an RBI single to center field.

The Seminoles never grappled offensively and totaled nine hits. Wood went 2-for-2 and seven other players had one hit each, respectively. Junior Carey Galuppi, senior third baseman Lesley Palmer, and junior shortstop Kim Hoffer offered one hit a piece for the Garnet and Gold.

Saint Joseph’s batters Robin Berry, Cara Deldeo and Lauren Pachioli registered a hit, respectively, to pace the Hawks’ offense.

Florida State will return to action Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. against Radford, the other team in Pool A that went 2-0 during the first day. A match-up with Eastern Kentucky is slated to follow.

Day One Scores


Radford 6

Iowa State 4

St. Joseph’s 8

Eastern Kentucky 0


Iowa State 0

Radford 10

Eastern Kentucky 5


St. Joseph’s 0


Southern Illinois 2

Troy 0 (10)

Maryland 3

Georgia State 2

Florida A&M 4

Georgia State 2

Southern Illinois 3

Maryland 1

Troy 9

Florida A&M 0

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