April 28, 2007
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. –
After being shutout for six innings, the Florida State softball team got all the offense it needed in its last at-bat off a pair of home runs. Yuruby Alicart hit a two run home run to tie the game and Brittany Osmon came through with the game winner one at-bat later as the Seminoles forged a split of their ACC doubleheader with North Carolina by taking Saturday’s (April 28) second game 3-2.
The victory improved Florida State’s record to 37-20 overall, 12-7 in the ACC. The dozen ACC wins is the most in school history. North Carolina dropped to 43-16, 11-8 in the league. The winner of tomorrow’s game will be the fourth seed in the ACC Tournament, the loser will be fifth.
Holding on for the victory was rookie pitcher Terese Gober (McDonough, Ga.) as she improved to 11-4 overall, 3-3 in the ACC. The right-hander threw six innings, giving up two runs on six hits with two strikeouts and five walks. Coming on in the seventh to get her first career save was Melissa May (San Diego, Calif.) as she pitched a scoreless seventh. The loss went to UNC’s Amber Johnson, who dropped to 14-5.
North Carolina gave itself a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth with a bases loaded single. With one out in the top of the seventh, Carly Wynn (Sharpsburg, Ga.) got a soft single through the right side. Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) followed with the two-run shot over the centerfield fence. With FSU down to its final out, Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) hit a laser over the right field fence to give the Seminoles the lead.
Over half of Florida State’s nine hits came from a pair of players. Designated player Whitney Buckmon (Fontana, Calif.) tied a career-high with three hits while Alicart added a pair. The home run was Alicart’s 13th of the season as she reset her single-season school record from a year ago.
North Carolina struck first during its initial at-bat as Cassie Palmer hit a solo home run off Gober. Neither team managed to get a runner into scoring position until the fourth when UNC put together back-to-back singles. The Seminoles got their first runner in scoring position when Buckmon dropped down a bunt single in the sixth and moved up to second on a passed ball. Unfortunately she was thrown out at third trying to tag up on a fly ball to center field.
Florida State and North Carolina play the series finale at 1 p.m. on Sunday.