May 13, 2006
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. –
After playing two of its best games of the season, the Florida State University softball team had its first hiccup in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. The Seminoles strong hitting and pitching was slowed down by Georgia Tech as the fourth-seeded Yellow Jackets forced a second game to decided to who would make the championship game on Saturday (May 13) by beating FSU 4-3.
The two teams return to Anderson Stadium at 7:30 p.m. to play the Yellow Jackets again with the winner advancing to Sunday’s championship game. The victor plays the winner of the North Carolina State and North Carolina contest. The Wolfpack won the first game on Saturday to force a second contest.
Florida State lost to Georgia Tech for just the second time in the ACC Tournament as it dropped to 40-26. The Yellow Jackets improved to 46-19.
Despite throwing her league-leading 34th complete game, sophomore Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) was saddled with the loss as she dropped to 28-15. The righty gave up four runs on six hits with two strikeouts and three walks. Getting the victory was the Yellow Jacket’s Sarah Wood as she improved to 19-7.Lacey Richardson came on in the fifth to record her fourth save of the year.
Georgia Tech reversed the tables from the first meeting with a run in the top of the first, but McDonald pitched her way out of a big inning. With the bases loaded Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) nearly turned an inning-ending double play, but missed a tag as the first run came across. McDonald got the next hitter to line out to Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) at second base to end the threat.
The Seminoles got on the board in the bottom second inning as they took a 3-1 lead. With one out, first baseman Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) was walked. Center fielder Carly Brieske (Safety Harbor, Fla.) and Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) dropped down perfect bunts to load the bases.
Right fielder LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) was hit by a pitch to bring in Osmon with the first run. Left fielder Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas) ripped a double off the fence in right field to score Brieske and Snyder.
Unfortunately, the Seminoles couldn’t hold onto the lead as the Yellow Jackets struck for a run in the fourth then Amy Hosier hit a two run home run in the fifth to give Georgia Tech the lead for good.
Florida State is 16-7 in the second game of the day and 7-3 when losing the first game.