Feb. 17, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Looking to break out of the funk at the plate it had Friday night against Kansas, the Florida State softball responded with one of its better offensive performances of the young season and even brought back the long ball. The No. 22 Seminoles used a three-run third innings on their way to an 8-3 victory over South Carolina on Saturday (Feb. 17) during the Sunshine State Tournament.
Florida State got back in the win column as it improved to 7-1 on the year. South Carolina was handed just its second loss as it fell to 8-2.
Getting her team-best third victory was rookie pitcher Terese Gober (McDonough, Ga.) as she improved to 3-0. The right-hander threw five innings, giving up just two unearned runs on five hits with six strikeouts and three walks. Taking the loss for USC was Melissa Hendon, who dropped to 1-1.
Leading the Seminoles’ offensive attack was right fielder LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) and designated player Brittany Krbec (Orlando, Fla.) as they each produced a pair of hits and a team-best two RBIs. Davis tied shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) for tops on the squad with a pair of runs scored as they each hit a solo home run.
Florida State pulled out of its mini dry spell early with a run in the top of the second inning. Alicart started the inning with a walk then came around to score from first base on a triple to the right field gap by Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.). FSU appeared to have its second run of the frame on a sacrifice fly by left fielder Jessica Gilmore (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) but Buckmon was called out for leaving the base early.
The Seminoles’ speed put the pressure on South Carolina in the third inning and forced the Gamecocks into some costly mistakes. Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) led off with a walk then Player of the Year candidate Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) dropped down a sacrifice bunt, but was hit by the throw from the first baseman, putting runners on second and third. A ground out by Davis scored Snyder then catcher Robin Ahrberg (Stillwater, Okla.) put down a squeeze bunt and Wootson avoided the tag for the third run. Ahrberg, who moved up to second on the failed putout at home, came around to score on a single by Krbec to make it 4-0.
The long ball produced Florida State’s next two runs as it took a 6-0 lead through its half of the fifth inning. Davis cranked her first home run since May 6, 2005 against BYU with a solo shot that stayed just inside the pole in right field. One out later, Alicart belted her first round tripper of the season over the right field fence.
South Carolina got on the board in the bottom of the fifth when McKenna Hughes drilled a two-run home run to left field. Florida State got both of those runs back in the seventh. Davis reached base for the third time with a single then stole second. A sacrifice by Ahrberg advanced her to third then Krbec delivered an RBI double. Pinch runner Amanda Moore (Niceville, Fla.) came around to score when Buckmon reached on a fielding error to make it 8-2 in FSU’s favor.
The Seminole conclude play the Sunshine State Tournament with a 3:30 p.m. contest against Memphis. The game can be seen live on ACC Select streaming internet video.