Feb. 16, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
For the first sixth innings of the Florida State and Kansas softball game there was virtually no offense. Then in the final frame both teams started putting the ball on the bat, but unfortunately for the No. 22 Seminoles the Jayhawks were the only ones who were able to push a run across as the visitors got one run in their last at-bat for the 1-0 during Friday’s (Feb. 16) final game of the Sunshine State Tournament.
Florida State was handed its first loss of the season as it dropped to 6-1. Kansas improved to 3-3-1.
“Tiffany threw a great game and could have easily gotten the victory,” FSU head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said. “She got in a little bit of trouble early but she did a great job of getting out of some jams and kept us in the game. She put us in a position to win; we just couldn’t get a run across. You have to give their pitcher some credit too, she threw a great game.”
Despite giving up just three hits, pitcher Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) was saddled with her first loss of the season as she dropped to 2-1. The righty gave up just the one run on three hits with 14 strikeouts and three walks. With her 14 strikeouts, McDonald moved up to eighth on the FSU career strikeout list as she passed Jen White Stokes with 492 career strikeouts. Getting the victory was Kassie Humphreys as she improved to 3-0.
Five Seminoles reached base, but designated hitter Brittany Krbec (Orlando, Fla.) was the first to get a hit as she broke up Humphrey’s no hitter with a single to left field in the bottom of the seventh. With FSU down to its final out, freshman center fielder Carly Wynn (Sharpsburg, Ga.) poked a single to left field but pinch runner Amanda Moore (Niceville, Fla.) was thrown out at third for the final out.
Both teams had their opportunities to score through the first six innings. Kansas had bases loaded in the first, but the McDonald got out of the jam with a ground out. The Jayhawks got runners on second and third with no outs in the third, but McDonald came back with two strikeouts and a ground out. Florida State had runners in scoring position in the second and fourth but came up empty.
The lone run in the game came in the top of the seventh when Humphreys helped her cause by hitting a solo home run over the left field fence.
The Seminoles are back for day two of the Sunshine State Tournament on Saturday. FSU starts the day with South Carolina at 1:30 p.m., followed immediately by a 3:30 p.m. game versus Memphis. Both games can be seen live through ACC Select streaming video.