March 9, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
So far this season the Florida State softball team hasn’t been a very good host at its own tournaments. The No. 25 Seminoles improved to 8-1 during their home tournaments as they started the 2007 Florida State Invitational with an 8-0 victory over Syracuse on Friday (March 9).
The victory improves Florida State’s record to 13-7 on the year. Syracuse dropped to 3-14
Picking up her second-straight victory was sophomore Melissa May (San Diego, Calif.) as she improved to 4-1. The lefty worked a complete game, giving up no runs on six hits with two strikeouts and no walks. Taking the loss for Syracuse was Brittany Gardner, who dropped to 3-10.
Leading the Seminoles’ offense was Player of the Year candidate Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) as she went 3-for-5 with a run scored. Third baseman Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) went 2-for-3 with a team-high four RBIs and two runs scored. Center fielder Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) and right fielder LaShaun Davis (Stone Mountain, Ga.) each had a pair of hits as well as a run scored and an RBI.
The Seminoles wasted no time in scoring as they pushed a run across in the top of the first. Wootson started the game with a bunt single and stole second. A sacrifice by moved her to third then catcher Brittany Krbec (Orlando, Fla.) laid down a perfectly executed squeeze bunt to score Wootson. Snyder’s second home run of the year, a towering shot to left field, put FSU up 2-0 in the second.
A triple down the right field line by Davis started a three-run third inning as the Seminoles took a 5-0 advantage. Krbec delivered a single to left field to score Davis and came around to score on a bases loaded single by Buckmon. Pinch runner Courtney Rosen (Sugarland, Texas) – whose older sister Jorden plays for Syracuse – scored the third run when Snyder was walked with the bases loaded.
The Seminoles tacked on three more insurance runs in the top of the seventh. An error on Buckmon’s bunt kept the inning alive as she advance to second and first baseman Kelly Langston (Sopchoppy, Fla.) took third. Snyder delivered a double to score Langston and Buckmon then came around to score herself on a single to center by Davis.
Florida State wraps up day one of the FSU Invitational at 4:30 p.m. versus Georgia State. The Panthers opened the tournament by beating Appalachian State 6-1.