March 27, 2007
Florida State Softball
Florida State vs. UCF
Wednesday, March 28 4 p.m. (DH)
Tallahassee, Fla. JoAnne Graf Field at Seminole Softball Complex
Live Audio Broadcast
Game One Gametracker
Game Two Gametracker
First Pitch (What You Need To Know):
Looking to get back into the win column after losing two of three to No. 25 Virginia Tech, the Florida State softball team plays host to instate rival Central Florida on Wednesday (March 28) in a 4 p.m. doubleheader that can be heard through internet radio.
The first 100 fans to the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader with UCF will receive a free pair of Florida State crocs.
Florida State leads the all-time series with UCF, 8-1, after sweeping last year’s doubleheader in Orlando. The Golden Knights did split in their last trip to the Big Bend in 2005 as they took the opener 1-0.
Pitcher Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) had an outstanding week, posting a 0.34 ERA with 22 strikeouts in 20.2 innings of work. Her overall ERA dipped to 1.11, which is second in the ACC. Unfortunately, she went 1-1 on the week.
First baseman Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) has a career average of .444 vs. UCF after going 3-for-5 last year, including the game-winning home run in the second game.
Player of the Year candidate Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) hit the 24th home run of her career to lead off Saturday’s second game. She is tied with Tiffany Daniels for second all-time and needs one more to tie Brandi Stuart’s career record of 25.
Also moving up on the home run charts was shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) as she belted her 20th to take over the number four spot.
Seminoles Continue Home Stand Wednesday With UCF Twinbill
In the midst of eight-straight home games, the Florida State softball team plays host to instate rival Central Florida on Wednesday (March 28) in a 4 p.m. doubleheader. The Seminoles (24-14 overall, 2-4 ACC) own an 8-1 mark against the Golden Knights after sweeping both of last year’s games, but UCF (24-14, 4-5 C-USA) did forge a split in its last trip to Tallahassee in 2005. Against common opponents (Southern Miss & Virginia Tech) the Seminoles are 3-2 while the Golden Knights are 2-2. The first 100 fans in attendance Wednesday afternoon will receive a FREE pair of FSU Crocs.
FSU Couldn’t Solve Tincher As It Dropped Two Of Three To Va Tech
Rarely can one player make a difference in softball, but Virginia Tech pitcher Angela Tincher is an exception to the rule. The right-hander threw a perfect game against the Seminoles on Saturday then came back with a one-hitter the next day as the No. 25 Hokies took two a pair of 1-0 decision from Florida State. Tincher almost threw a no-hitter on Sunday, but Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga) broke up the no-no with a single in the seventh. Game two on Saturday was a different story as the Seminoles pounded out ten hits on their way to a 10-2 victory.
Wootson And Alicart Moving Up Home Run List
The long balls continues to fly out of the park for Florida State’s double play combination of Veronica Wootson and Yuruby Alicart. Wootson belted the 24th of her career to leadoff Saturday’s game two then Alicart followed with her solo blast in the fourth. Wootson needs one more home run to tie Brandi Stuart’s FSU career record. The Seminole single-season leader with 12 bombs last year, Alicart has put together the best two-year run in school history with her 20 round trippers. She has already gotten back onto the single-season list, tying Wootson, Stuart and Beth Wade for fifth with eight.
Seminoles Keeping It Close
If losing close games strengthens a team, then the Seminoles should be as tough as they come by the end of the year. Of Florida State’s 14 losses, ten of them have been by one run, including two last weekend and five of the Florida State’s last seven defeats, while two more are by two runs. In fact, all 14 of FSU’s losses have been by three runs or less and the Seminoles are the only team in the ACC to not lose a game by more than three runs.
News And Notes…
Sophomore Melissa May (San Diego, Calif.) is third during conference games with her 0.51 ERA, to go along with a 2-0 record and .180 opponent batting average that rates second … Florida State is fourth in the league with a .974 fielding percentage during ACC games, compared to a last-place .937 mark last year … Pitcher Tiffany McDonald climbed up to number nine of the FSU career appearances list with 109 games and needs ten innings to pass Christy Larsen for ninth on that chart … At 66 career free passes, LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) needs just six walks to crack the FSU career list.