Feb. 16, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State softball coach Dr. JoAnne Graf would be hard pressed to script a better beginning to the start of the season than the one her team is currently playing out. The No. 22 Seminoles ran their undefeated streak at the start of the year to six games as they defeated instate foe Jacksonville 10-2 in five inning to start the Sunshine State Tournament on Friday (Feb. 16).
Florida State upped its’ 2007 record to 6-0 on the year as it continued the best start to the season since the 2004 campaign. Jacksonville dropped to 2-5.
Getting the victory in her first start of the season was Kayla Collins (Niceville, Fla.) as she went the distance for the victory. The right-hander gave up just two earned runs on three hits with six strikeouts and two walks. Taking the loss was the Dolphins’ Ashley Iveson as she fell to 1-1.
For the third game in a row the Seminoles pounded out double-digit hits as they collected 11 with four players each getting two hits. Leading the way was designated player Robin Ahrberg (Stillwater, Okla.) as she went 2-for-2 with three RBIs. Even though she only went 1-for-3, right fielder LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) scored a team-high three runs and drove in a pair.
Player of the Year candidate Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) and centerfielder Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) both went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and Wootson driving in a run. Also collecting two hits was catcher Brittany Krbec (Orlando, Fla.) to go along with three RBIs. Third baseman Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) also drove in two runs.
After a shaky start by Collins in the top of the first – in which she gave up a walk and a single – the sophomore settled down and got out the next three batters, including a pair of strikeouts. The Seminoles responded in their half of the first with one run to take an early lead. Davis drew a one-out walk then stole second. One out later, Krbec roped a double into the right field gap to plate Davis.
Some timely hitting and a costly Jacksonville error led to six runs for the Seminoles in the bottom of the second as FSU sent 11 batters to the plate. With one out, Kelly Langston (Sopchoppy, Fla.) walked and Buckmon followed with a single. Snyder grounded back to the Iveson, but the throw to first base sailed over the fielder’s head, allowing Langston and Buckmon to score.
Wootson came back with a single then a double by Davis scored two more runs. Ahrberg produced another double to score Davis and Krbec drilled a single to left field that scored pinch runner Courtney Rosen (Sugarland, Texas) with the sixth run of the inning.
The Seminoles got their eighth run of the day in the bottom of the third. Buckmon led off with a single then stole second base. A Snyder sacrifice moved Buckmon to third then a Wootson sacrifice fly brought her home.
Following the first two batters, Collins was in command of the game as she retired nine batters in a row. The Dolphins got their first runs off her in the fourth as they put together a pair of hits and got a walk.
However, Florida State ended the game early as it came back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Wootson drilled a triple to the top of the wall in right field. Davis followed with a grounder to second base, but when the Dolphins’ Patricia Melo tried to pick Wootson off at the third, her throw went wild, allowing Wootson to score and move Davis to second. Alicart followed with a single to move Davis to third then a sacrifice fly by Krbec scored Davis with the winning run.
Florida State is back for its second game of the Sunshine State Tournament as it takes on Kansas with a game time scheduled for 5:30 p.m.