March 18, 2006
FULLERTON, Calif. –
Maybe it just wasn’t meant to be for the Florida State softball team against defending national champion Michigan. The No. 9 Wolverines jumped out to an early four-run lead on their way to an 11-3 victory over the Seminoles on Saturday (March 18) in the consolation bracket of the Judi Garman Classic.
The Seminoles dropped their fourth game in a row, lowering their record to 20-14. Michigan beat Florida State for the fourth time this season as it improved to 13-8.
Facing a ranked opponent for the fourth time this week, FSU starter Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) was saddled with the loss as her ledger dropped to 13-9. Despite throwing her ACC-leading 16th complete game, the sophomore gave up 11 runs on nine hits with five strikeouts and seven walks.
For the third time in four games, center fielder Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas) led off with a single. She advanced to third on the seventh double of the year by shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela). A single to center by Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) plated Jacob with FSU’s first run of the game, but Alicart was thrown out at the plate for the third out.
Michigan did most of its damage in the first inning. Stephanie Bercaw started the scoring with a solo home run and Tiffany Worthy made it a 4-0 game when she doubled to right center with the bases loaded. Tiffany Hass added a solo homer in the second.
Florida State tightened the game in the sixth with a pair of runs. Jacob started the frame with a single, then one out later moved up a base on a single by Alicart. A walk to Wootson loaded the bases for California native Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.). The Seminoles’ first baseman delivered a single to right field, scoring Jacob and Alicart.
Jacob and Alicart accounted for nearly half of Florida State’s eight hits as they collected two each. Jacob’s single in the sixth was the 211th of her career, putting her five short of Leslie Barton for eighth in school history. The run in the sixth put her two behind eighth-place Christy Larsen’s 125 runs. Wootson also reached base twice, drawing a walk in the sixth to go along with her single in the first.
With the loss, Florida State will play its final game of the tournament at 8:30 p.m. against Cal State Northridge.