March 7, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Maybe it was the presences of 2004 Player of the Year Jessica van der Linden in the stands that sparked the Florida State softball team to its best offensive output in two weeks. The Seminoles pounded out a season-high 15 hits on its way to an 8-2 victory over Connecticut on Tuesday (March 7).
Florida State improved its record to 12-8 on the season. Connecticut dropped to 2-4
Picking up her second win in three games was freshman Melissa May (San Diego, Calif.) as her record improved to 4-3. The lefty threw her third complete game of the year, giving up just 2 runs on 7 hits. FSU’s streak of 48 games with at least one strikeout did come to an end. UConn starter Michelle Caouette took the loss as her mark dropped to 1-2.
Getting the Seminoles on the board in the first inning was left fielder Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas). The All-America candidate picked up the rare inside the park home run when her line drive got under the glove of the diving center fielder, allowing Jacob to round the bases.
Despite some good scoring chances in the first and second innings after Jacob’s home run – including a double by May – FSU would not put another run on the board until the third. Third baseman Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) tripled to start the frame then score in a single by Carly Brieske (Safety Harbor, Fla.). Clearing the bases was short stop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) with her second home run in three days.
Jacob manufactured her own run again in the fourth inning. The senior ripped a triple to right center field then scored when the throw got away from the third baseman. Two outs late Brieske picked up her second hit then score on some heads up base running. The senior captain took third base on Alicart’s infield single then crossed the plate with Alicart purposely got hung up in a run down.
For some insurance the Seminoles tacked on two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Snyder led off with her second hit of the day then moved up on a ground out. Alicart’s third hit of the day – a single through the left side – produced her third RBI as Snyder crossed the plate. The Seminole shortstop scored her second run on a single by right fielder LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.).
The Seminoles go for their ninth win in a row over the Huskies in the nightcap.