March 23, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
If the Florida State softball team was looking for a confidence booster going into conference action this weekend, it certainly got some against Florida International. The Seminoles produced their most runs and hits – including a season-high three home runs – in nearly two weeks as they completed a doubleheader sweep by beating the Golden Panthers 8-0 in six innings on Thursday (March 23).
Florida State swept its third doubleheader of the year and won its fifth-straight against the Golden Panthers as it improved to 22-14. FIU dropped to 15-20.
Getting her third win in four starts, freshman Kayla Collins (Niceville, Fla.) picked up the victory to improve her record to 3-1. The right-hander threw her fourth complete game and second shutout, as she limited the Golden Panthers to just two hits with four strikeouts as she faced just one batter over the minimum. Taking the loss for FIU was Sarah Belanger to drop her ledger to 4-9.
During the first inning, left fielder Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas) climbed into the Atlantic Coast Conference record books. After leading off the bottom of the first with a single, the All-America candidate stole second, giving her 57 for her career and tying her for tenth in league history with former Seminole Leslie Barton.
An inning later the Seminoles struck for the first run of the game. First baseman Kim Hoffer (Houston, Texas) roped a one-out triple down the right field line. With two outs, freshman third baseman Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) came through with her third hit of the day, a line drive to center field, to score Hoffer.
For the first time since Georgia State (March 11), Florida State scored runs in back-to-back innings as it added two in the third. Jacob reached on an error then stole second, taking over solo possession of 10th. A double by designated player Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) plated Jacob with the second run. Buckmon came around to score herself on a pair of wild pitches by Belanger.
Just for some insurance, the Seminoles tacked on runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Snyder picked up a one-out and scored on a double by Jacob. Shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) added to the scoring with a solo home run in the sixth.
The long ball ended the game early as Florida Stat scored three runs in the sixth to win by run rule. Senior Carey Galuppi (Boca Raton, Fla.) started the frame with a solo shot, her first home run in over two years. Snyder followed with her third hit of the night and catcher Melissa Wood (Lilburn, Ga.) sent everyone early with a two-run home run, her first of the season.
The Seminoles get back into conference action this weekend when they take on Boston College. The three-game set begins with a 1 p.m. doubleheader Saturday (March 25) that will be broadcast live on Sun Sports.