March 18, 2005
FULLERTON, Calif. – Florida State gave up 10 hits to top-ranked Arizona and sophomore LaShaun Davis registered the only Seminole hit of the day as the Tribe fell, 6-0, at the Titan Softball Complex (Field 2) during the 2005 Kia Klassic, hosted by Cal State Fullerton Friday morning. The game was the final pool play contest for both teams. Florida State came out of Pool D (Arizona, FSU, Long Beach State, Texas) with a No. 3 seed and will face Syracuse at 1:30 p.m. Saturday (weather permitting). Earlier in the season, the Seminoles split a series with the Orange at the Sunshine State Tournament.
Florida State fell to 20-11 overall, while the Cats improved to 22-1 on the season.
Freshman pitcher Taryn Mowatt (7-0) threw seven complete innings, striking out 12 FSU batters. Senior Casey Hunter was handed the loss for Florida State and dropped to 10-9 on the season. Hunter struck out five batters and had already surpassed the 100-pitch mark by the fourth inning.
The Tribe and Wildcats played 2 ½ innings of scoreless ball before Arizona tallied three runs in the bottom of the third inning. Florida State allowed Arizona to load up the bases and then Kristie Fox hit a two-run double to the right center fence to put the Cats on the board with two runs and no outs. On the next play, Jackie Coburn recorded a sacrifice fly to left field and Natasha Jacob’s throw was too late as Autumn Champion scored for a 3-0 advantage. The Seminoles would earn out No. 2 with a line drive shot to first baseman Brittany Osmon and shortstop Tatiana George fielded a grounder to close out the inning.
Arizona scored two more runs in the fourth and one in the fifth.
In the top of the fifth, Seminole right fielder Davis stepped to the plate with two-outs and got a base hit to right field. Prior to the hit, Mowatt threw four innings of hitless ball. Davis, who was only one of two players yesterday to register a hit against No. 5 Texas, ended up being the only Seminole to connect with the ball. Osmon also reached base in the third inning when she was hit by a pitch with a 3-1 count and Lesley Palmer walked in the seventh.
For Arizona, Caitlin Lowe, Champion, and Kristie Fox paced the offense with two hits a piece, respectively.