March 2, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Maybe all the upset juice in Tallahassee was used up last night by the men’s basketball team. Looking for its first victory over a defending national champion, the Florida State University softball team came up short as it dropped a 9-0 contest to No. 7/8 Michigan in Thursday (March 2).
Florida State lost its third game to a ranked team this season as it record fell to 9-6. Michigan won its third game in a row against the Seminoles to improve to 8-4.
Despite giving up just two earned runs, Florida State starter Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) took the loss as her record dropped to 7-3. The sophomore right-hander has given up just three earned runs to No. 2 Tennessee and No. 7/8 Michigan. Jennie Ritter got the victory for Michigan, upping her ledger to 5-1.
“I thought she gave us a chance to be in the ball game,” FSU head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said about McDonald. “She had one inning that kind of exploded and there were a lot of reasons behind that. I think she threw a good game and I think she’s getting a lot of confidence in herself. That’s important because the team has confidence in her that she can beat a team like Michigan.”
Timely hitting led to the Wolverines’ two runs in the second inning. With one out, Angie Danis hit a double to left field, scoring pitch runner Michelle Weatherdon. Danis, who moved up to third on the throw home to get Weathedon, later scored on a throwing error by Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.).
Another error led to seven runs by the Wolverines in the sixth inning, but only one was earned, as they won the contest by the run rule. The big blow in the inning was grand slam by Tiffany to finish the scoring.
Base runners were tough to come by for the Seminoles against Ritter, a 2005 All-American and NCAA All-Tournament selection. Through the first four innings, the only Seminole to reach base was third baseman Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) as she drew a walk. Florida State’s lone hit of the game came in the bottom of the sixth when Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) roped a double for her first hit of the year.
The Seminoles are back in action Friday (March 3) when they play host to the Sunshine State Tournament. FSU will play Michigan at 4 p.m. followed by a 6:30 contest against Western Michigan.