March 13, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Facing its toughest competition to date this weekend, there was no better way for the Florida State softball team to go into its trip to California than with a pair of wins. The No. 25 Seminoles swept their Tuesday (March 13) doubleheader with Southern Mississippi with a 6-1 win in the nightcap.
Florida State swept its first doubleheader of the year as it upped its record to 20-8. The Golden Eagles dropped to 6-19.
“I was pleased that we did a little better job of taking advantage of scoring opportunities in the second game,” FSU head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said. “We only managed to get Tiffany (McDonald) three runs in her last two games so I was glad to see that we gave the pitchers some more run support. We’ve been hitting the ball pretty well the last couple of days and that should give us some momentum going into California.”
Winning her team-best seventh game of the year was freshman Terese Gober (McDonough, Ga.) as she improved to 7-2 on the year. The righty pitched a complete game, giving up the lone run on two hits with eight strikeouts and one walk. Taking the loss was the Golden Eagles’ Shea Naramore, who fell to 6-16.
Topping the team with a pair of doubles as part of her 2-for-3 three day was shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela). The two doubles moved her into a tie with Cindy Lawton, Misty Molin and Monique Marier for eighth in school history at 25 doubles. With a double of her own in the top of the seventh – which tied her for with Wendy Braye for fourth in school history at 35 two-baggers – Player of the Year candidate Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) upped her hit streak to 12 games.
Tying Alicart with a pair of hits was left fielder Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) as she went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored. Third baseman Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) belted a two-run home run in the fourth.
The Seminoles jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning with a pair of runs. Catcher Brittany Krbec (Orlando, Fla.) led off with a single to right field and centerfielder Carly Wynn (Sharpsburg, Ga.) put runners on first and second when USM center fielder Kristen Chaney couldn’t hang onto the ball trying to make a diving catch. A sacrifice moved pinch runner Courtney Rosen (Sugarland, Texas) and Wynn up a base and Buckmon brought them home with a single through the right side that tipped off the pitcher’s glove.
Florida State picked up another run in the third with the help of a Southern Miss miscue. Right fielder LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) started the frame with a single and moved up on a wild pitch. After a sacrifice got her to third, Alicart brought Davis in with a double to left field. For some insurance Snyder tacked on two runs in the fourth with her two run home run that also scored Buckmon.
Wootson kept her hitting streak alive in her final at-bat as an error on Buckmon’s grounder allowed Wootson to come to the plate. She extended the streak by roping a double to the wall in centerfield to score Snyder.
Gober took a no-hitter into the fifth inning until Lauren Castellvi gave USM its first run off the day with a home run. For the game she retired 21 of the 25 batters she faced, including 12 of her first 13.
Florida State is on the road the rest of the week as they travel to the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif. The Seminoles pool features No.7 Michigan, No. 13 Washington and Cal State Northridge.