April 1, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
After falling victim to a no hitter and one-hitter last year at the hands of Georgia Tech’s pitchers, the Florida State softball team had some pent up offensive frustration. The Seminoles took it out on the No. 25 Yellow Jackets in the first game of Saturday’s (April 1) doubleheader as they scored seven runs in the first three innings on their way to a 9-1 run rule victory in five innings.
Florida State improved to 26-16 on the year, 4-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference as they took down the league’s top team. Georgia Tech dropped to 29-11, 5-2 in the conference.
Sophomore Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) had one of her best outings of the season as she limited the ACC’s top offensive team just one run to improve to 16-10. The Yellow Jackets came into the game hitting .315 and averaging 6.5 runs per game but the righty gave up just four hits with one walk and four strikeouts. Taking the loss was Sarah Wood as her record dipped to 10-5.
After Georgia Tech got on the board in the top of the first inning on a sacrifice fly, the Seminoles answered with a run of their own in the bottom half of the frame. Left fielder Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas) got things going with an infield single, giving her solo possession of sixth-place in school history at 226 hits. Designated player Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) followed with another infield single. One out later, second baseman Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) was walked to load the bases. A ground out by first baseman Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) scored Jacob with the tying run.
The Seminoles took the lead in the second inning when they pushed a pair of runs across. Third baseman Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) started the inning with a double, then moved to third on an infield single right fielder LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.). Jacob’s grounder was misplayed by the Georgia Tech second baseman, allowing Snyder to score. Two outs later, Wootson came through with a single up the middle to score Davis and make it a 3-1 game in FSU favor.
Thanks to a trio of errors by Georgia Tech, Florida State built itself a 7-1 lead with four runs in the third. Catcher Melissa Wood (Lilburn, Ga.) started with a single, then was replaced by pinch runner Kim Petrovich (Plantation, Fla.). An errant throw on a pick-off attempt at first base moved Petrovich to second. A sacrifice by center fielder Carly Brieske (Safety Harbor, Fla.) sent her to third and a wild pitch by Wood allowed her to score.
Davis started FSU’s two-out rally with her second hit of the day. Jacob followed with a single of her own and Buckmon was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) came through with a single up the middle that scored Davis and Jacob. Wootson’s grounder was misplayed by the GT third baseman, allowing Buckmon to score the fourth run of the inning.
A pair of runs in the fifth inning ended the game as the Seminoles won by the eight-run rule. Alicart started the frame with a double then Wootson picked up an infield single before stealing second. Osmon was walked to load then bases and Wood ended the game early with a single up the middle to score Alicart and Wootson.
The nine runs were the most by the Seminoles in an ACC game since 2003 when they beat Virginia 12-1. Four different Seminoles collected two hits: Jacob, Alicart, Wootson and Davis. Jacob and Davis both scored twice while Alicart and Wood were tops on the team with a pair of RBIs.
The two teams continue Saturday’s doubleheader at approximately 3:30 p.m.