Feb. 9, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
For the second-straight year the Florida State softball team started the season with an eight-run rule game. Fortunately for the 25th-ranked Seminoles this time they came out on the positive side as Florida State opened the 2007 campaign with a 13-5 victory over Samford in five innings during the first day of the Seminole Classic on Friday (February 9).
Florida State improved to 25-4 in the season opener under Dr. JoAnne Graf as it started the 2007 campaign at 1-0. After opening the day by beating Radford, Samford dropped to 1-1.
Getting the victory was sophomore Melissa May (San Diego, Calif.) as she worked the complete game to start the year 1-0. The left-hander gave up five runs, only two earned, on nine hits with three strikeouts and three walks. Taking the loss for Samford was Susanna Meyers as fell to 0-1.
Eight of the nine batters in the FSU line-up got a hit, led by Player of the Year candidate, second baseman Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) as she went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and set a career high with four runs scored. Wootson took over sole possession of eighth place in ACC history with her 19th career triple while forging a tie with Lisa Davidson for third place on the FSU charts.
Topping all hitters was catcher Brittany Krbec (Orlando, Fla.) as the senior transfer went 3-fo4 with three RBIs in her FSU debut. Also posting a trio of RBIs was shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela). In her collegiate debut, centerfield Carly Wynn (Sharpsburg, Ga.) went 2-for-3 while first baseman Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) also had a pair of hits.
Samford got on the board first with a pair of runs in the first inning off May. With two outs, the Bulldogs strung together three hits and got a walk to plate the first two runs.
FSU answered in its half of the first with four runs of its own. Wootson drew a leadoff walk then stole second. One out later, an infield single by catcher Robin Ahrberg (Stillwater, Okla.) moved Wootson to third and a bunt single by Alicart plated Wootson with the first run. Krbec poked a single through the middle to score pinch runner Courtney Rosen (Sugarland, Texas) and Alicart with the go-ahead runs. Completing the scoring was a ground out by left fielder Monica Montez (Corona, Calif.) to score pinch runner Amanda Moore (Niceville, Fla.).
After batting around in the first, Wootson got the scoring starting in the second inning when she reached base on an error and stole second. Right fielder LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) – who scored a pair of runs – laid down a bunt single then got hung up in a run down long enough for Wootson to score from second. A sacrifice fly by Alicart scored Davis from third to make it 6-2 in FSU’s favor.
The run production continued in the bottom of the third inning as FSU scored four more runs. Wynn and Osmon started the frame with back-to-back singles then moved up on a sacrifice by Montez. Third baseman Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) loaded the bases with a walk then Wootson cleared them with a triple. The senior scored FSU’s tenth run of the game on a Davis sacrifice fly. FSU tacked on another run in the fourth when Krbec laced a one-out single then scored on a single through the right side off the bat of Osmon.
Samford scored three runs off May – but only one was earned – in the top of the fifth, but the Seminoles answered with two runs to end the game early. Once again Wootson got on base to lead off the inning, this time roping a double down the left-field line, then Davis drew a walk. A sacrifice bunt by Ahrberg moved both runs up then an Alicart sacrifice fly plated Wootson and Davis scored the final run on Krbec’s third hit of the game.