April 29, 2007
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. –
There was more than met the eye in the series finale between Florida State and North Carolina. The winner of Sunday’s (April 29) contest would be the home team for the first round match-up between the Seminoles and Tar Heels in the upcoming ACC Tournament. Florida will don the white jerseys on May 10 as they took the final ACC game of the year 6-3.
The victory improved Florida State’s record to 13-7 in the ACC, the most conference wins in school history, and 38-20 overall. The loss dropped North Carolina to 43-17 overall, 11-9 in the league.
Notching her team-high sixth conference victory of the year was Florida State starter Melissa May (San Diego, Calif.) as she improved to 6-1 in the ACC, 12-4 overall. The sophomore left-hander took a no hitter into the fifth inning before going six and a third innings and gave up three runs on five hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Freshman Terese Gober (McDonough, Ga.) came in to get the final two outs. Taking the loss for the Tar Heels was Lisa Norris, who dropped to 23-11.
Florida State’s seven hits came from seven different batters and all nine starters reached base at least once. The biggest blow was a three-run home run by Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) in the fourth that gave May all the offense she needed. Two-time All-American second baseman Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) was one of two players to reach base twice and she scored a pair of runs.
The first three innings were a pitcher’s duel as the only runner was a walk by the Tar Heels. However, the Seminoles got the offense going in the top of the fourth. Wootson led off the inning and moved up to second on a sacrifice. One out later Alicart drew a walk and Osmon took a Norris offering over the fence just to the left side of center field to give FSU a 3-0 lead.
Florida State gave itself a four-run cushion with some clutch two-out hitting in the fifth. With two outs, Wootson drew a walk and right fielder Monica Montez (Corona, Calif.) roped a double to the gap in left field to score Wootson the whole way from first.
After giving up her first hit of the day in the fifth, May worked her way out of a jam as she got a pair force outs at second base to end the threat. Another two-out walk came back to haunt the Tar Heels as Jessica Gilmore (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) drew the free pass and came around to score on a triple by designated player Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.). A dropped fly ball on a pop up by Brittany Krbec (Orlando, Fla.) allowed Buckmon to score.
With conference action complete, the Seminole will play a series of non-conference games this week, starting Wednesday at 3 p.m. (CDT).