March 25, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
This year the Achilles’ heel for the Florida State softball team has been its fielding. After four solid games fielding, it reappeared in the opener of the Seminoles’ Atlantic Coast Conference series opener against Boston College as the Eagles got six unearned runs on their way to a 7-5 victory in game one on Saturday (March 25).
After winning two in a row, the Seminoles dropped to 22-15 on the year, 1-3 in the ACC. Boston College got its first ACC victory, improving to 1-3 in the league and 9-10 overall.
Even though she only gave up one earned run, FSU starter Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) took the loss, dropping her to 14-9. The right-hander gave up nine hits with five strikeouts, but issued four walks. BC’s Brittney Thompson got the victory, improving her mark to 5-3.
A bit of luck produced the Seminoles first run of the game. Despite striking out, designated player Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) reached first when strike three went into the dirt, allowing her to reach first on a wild pitch. Shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) followed with a single before the two pulled off the double steal. Second baseman Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) lifted a ball left field that got lost in the sun and dropped for a double to score Buckmon with the first run.
Florida State manufactured its two runs in the second to take a three-run lead. Catcher Melissa Wood (Lilburn, Ga.) started the frame with a single. Pinch runner Kim Petrovich (Plantation, Fla.) moved up on a sacrifice then right fielder LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) drew a walk. Another sacrifice put runners on second and third and Buckmon brought home both Petrovich and Davis with a single up the middle.
Unfortunately the Seminoles would find themselves down a run after the third as Boston College rallied for four runs. A pair of errors plagued Florida State in the inning, as only one run was earned. The big hit in the inning was a two-run triple by Kristin Allain. Boston College batted around again in the fifth inning as they tacked on three more unearned runs off a pair of FSU errors.
The Seminoles got a run back in the fifth when left fielder Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas) led off with an infield single and moved up to second on a throwing error. A sacrifice bunt by Wootson pushed her to third and the senior came across the plate on a single by Alicart. Jacob moved one hit and one run away from climbing to eighth in school history in both categories.
Florida State got within two runs when Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) scored Alicart with a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Wood and Alicart had a team-high three hits while Wootson added two. Both teams left several runners on base with the Seminoles stranding nine and the Eagles leaving nine as well.
The two teams concluded the three-game series Sunday (March 26) at 1 p.m.