March 17, 2007
FULLERTON, Calif. –
Getting through the final two innings has been the downfall of the Florida State softball team in nearly all of its losses and it came back to haunt it again. For the third time in the Judi Garman Classic and the second time against NC State, the No. 24 Seminoles let the lead slip away as they dropped a 3-2 non-conference decision to the Wolfpack on Saturday (March 17).
The loss dropped Florida State to 22-11. NC State improved to 20-10. FSU’s opponents have scored the winning run during its final two at-bats in eight of the Seminoles’ 11 losses.
Taking the loss was junior Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) as she gave up the winning run in relief. Her record dropped to 7-7. Starter Melissa May (San Diego, Calif.) worked five innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits with two strikeouts and three walks. Getting the victory was the Wolfpack’s Shaina Ervin, who upped her record to 7-6.
Third baseman Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) had two of Florida State’s four hits and drove in both of its runs. Center fielder Carly Wynn (Sharpsburg, Ga.) reached base three times, including a single and left fielder Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) had the other hit. Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) had her 15-game hitting streak snapped.
With some help from the Wolfpack the Seminoles scored the first run of the game in the second inning. Catcher Robin Ahrberg (Stillwater, Okla.) drew a walk with one out and moved up to second when Wynn’s grounder was bobbled by the NC State first baseman. Right fielder LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) was walked to load the base then Snyder beat out an infield hit to score Ahrberg.
Another clutch hit by Snyder gave Florida State a 2-0 lead in the fourth. Wynn reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced to second on a Davis ground out. Snyder drilled a double to the bottom of the fence in center field to score pinch runner Amanda Moore (Niceville, Fla.) with the second run.
In a similar situation to the final game of the ACC series, NC State hit a home run in the sixth inning to get back into the game. Fortunately for the Seminoles Abbie Sims’ two-run homer only tied the game at 2-2. However, McDonald walked Laura Klem to start the seventh then Heather Gelbard hit a double down the left field line to score Gelbard with the winning run.
The Seminoles return to play their final game of the tournament against the loser of the Arizona State-Cal State Fullerton match up at 6:15 p.m. (PDT).