March 24, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
As one of the top hitting teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference it’s not often that the Florida State softball team doesn’t put at least one runner on base. Of course, reigning ACC Player and Pitcher of the Angela Tincher isn’t your average pitcher and she proved it on Saturday (March 24) as she threw a perfect game to beat the Seminoles 1-0 in eight innings.
The loss dropped the Seminoles to 22-13 overall, 1-3 in the ACC. Virginia Tech improved 25-9, 3-1 in the ACC. Florida State hadn’t been on the short end of a perfect game or no hitter since March 26, 2006, when Georgia Tech’s Jessica Sallinger accomplished the feat.
Taking the loss for the Seminoles was starting pitcher Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) as her record dipped to 8-9. The right-hander gave up one run on eight hits with seven strikeouts and one walk. Getting the victory for the Hokies was Tincher as she improved to 19-3.
The game was a pitcher’s dual during regulation innings as Florida State couldn’t get a runner on base and the Hokies only had one player get past second base. Virginia Tech broke through for the lone run of the game when it strung three singles together with Caroline Stolle’s single scoring Callie Rhodes from second with the go-ahead run.
Tincher struck out 18 batters and only allowed six batters to put the ball in play. Second baseman Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) and first baseman Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) were the only two players that did not strike out more than once.
The two teams wrap up Saturday’s action with the second game of the doubleheader.