Feb. 10, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Last season the Florida State softball team may have not recovered following a tough loss like the one it took in the season opener against Louisville. But this year’s squad has more resolve and is showed as the Seminoles won their second game on Friday (Feb. 10), 7-2, over Samford during the first day of their own Early Bird Tournament.
FSU improved its mark to 1-1 on the year, while Samford dropped to 0-2. Rookie hurler Melissa May (San Diego, Calif.) pitched four innings in her collegiate debut to get the win. The lefty gave up two earned runs on six hits with four strikeouts and five walks. Sophomore Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) bounced back from a rocky outing in the opener to throw the last three innings for the save.
For the second game in a row, the third inning was the big one for Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas). The senior laid down her second successful bunt single of the day to extend her hitting streak to 26 games, moving her into a tie with Tanisha Kemp of Morgan State and California’s Kendall Richards for the 14th’ longest streak in NCAA history.
The Seminoles opened the scoring with a pair of runs in their half of the second inning. Shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) got hit by a pitch to lead off the inning then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.). Center fielder Carly Brieske (Safety Harbor, Fla.) picked up a single then advanced to second on fly out. Alicart came home on a wild pitch then Brieske scored the second run on an RBI single by rookie third baseman Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.).
Jacob’s single was the start of another rally for the Seminoles as they added two runs in the third frame. Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) moved Jacob to second on a sacrifice then second baseman Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) walked. Alicart plated Jacob with an RBI double to make it 3-0 in favor of FSU. Davis followed with a walk before Brieske grounded into a fielder’s choice. Kim Hoffer’s (Houston, Texas) infield single scored Alicart to give FSU a four-run lead.
The Bulldogs got on the board in the top of the fourth inning with a pair of runs. Jessica Owens brought in a run with a bunt single then Meghan Wagner scored on a double steal.
Florida State pushed its margin to five runs with a three-spot in the bottom of the fourth. Catcher BillieAnne Gay (Tallahassee, Fla.) led off with a single then moved to second when Jacob walked. After a sacrifice by Buckmon moved the runners to second and third, Wootson cleared the bases with her first home run of the year, a three-run shot to make it 7-2.
Samford threatened to cut into Florida State’s lead in the fifth when a walk and two singles against May loaded the bases with no outs. McDonald came in to strikeout Tracey Deaux then got Bethany Weisser to strikeout before Wagner was thrown out at first to end the inning on a great play by Alicart.
The Early Bird Tournament continues on Saturday (Feb. 11) with Florida State taking on Nicholls State at 1:30 p.m. after the Louisville-Samford contest at 11 a.m.