Feb. 18, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Missed opportunities plagued the Florida State University softball team as it dropped its first game in a week, losing 4-2 to South Carolina on Saturday (Feb. 18) in the Seminole Classic. The Seminoles stranded seven runners during the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
For the Seminoles the loss snapped a six-game winning streak as they fell to 6-2. The Gamecocks wrapped up their trip to Tallahassee with a 7-4 mark. Freshman pitcher Melissa May (San Diego, Calif.) took the first lost of her Florida State career as her record fell to 2-1. USC’s Christie Hamilton went the distance to up her mark to 4-2.
South Carolina struck for the first run of the game as Jessica Josker picked up a single then moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt. With two outs, McKenna Hughes delivered a single to left to plate Josker. A sacrifice fly in the third inning gave the Gamecocks a 2-0 run.
The Seminoles broke through for their first run in the top of the fourth inning. Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas) led of with a single to start the frame as she reached base for the 32nd-game in a row. A passed ball moved her up to second then Jacob came around to score on an RBI single by Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.). FSU had a chance to tie the game in the fifth but left the bases loaded.
In a reversal of fortunes, USC took advantage of its scoring opportunities to increase its lead. An error and a misplayed ball allowed South Carolina to score a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth to give the Gamecocks a 4-1 lead.
Florida State managed to chip away at the USC lead with a run of its own in the top of the sixth. Twice the Seminoles had runners on first and second, only to have the lead runner eliminated on a grounder. With Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) at second, shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) delivered a ground ball up the middle that tipped off the USC shortstop’s glove and allowed Snyder to score. Unfortunately, the Seminoles couldn’t muster any more offense in the inning as they stranded runners on first and second.
The Seminoles wrap up their nine-game home stand with the final game of the Seminole Classic against Iowa State at 4 p.m.