April 24, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – When senior Tatiana George stepped up to the plate with a tied ballgame in the seventh inning Sunday afternoon, she knew something special was about to happen.
With a 3-1 count, the native of Fontana, Calif., crushed the ball over the right field fence for the game-winning hit as Florida State (32-18, 11-6 ACC) swept Virginia (23-29, 7-7 ACC), 3-2, on JoAnne Graf Field. The Seminoles rolled to their season-best sixth straight victory and logged their second ACC sweep of the season.
“It was really weird when I went up to bat,” said George, “because I felt like something special was about to happen but I was not for sure what exactly. When the ball came off the barrel of the bat I knew it was gone and I was thinking to myself, `I can not believe that just happened.’ There is no doubt that I could not have dreamed of a better ending.”
Four Florida State seniors played their final regular season home game on JoAnne Graf Field and were recognized in pre-game festivities: Katie Fricke, Casey Hunter, George, and Lesley Palmer. For a group that appeared in two Women’s College World Series together and then turned around this year and went through early rough patches, the thrilling win was a bittersweet ending to their four years at FSU.
“To win two games yesterday is huge,” said head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf, “and then to get another victory on Senior Day is awesome. What makes it even more incredible is the fact that a senior [Hunter] got the win in the circle and then a senior [George] had the game-winning hit. What a great ending.”
Hunter improved to 18-12 on the season after throwing 7.0 innings; she retired 12 batters, and allowed two runs on five hits. Erin Horn took the loss for the Cavs and dropped to 10-8 on the year.
Seminole junior Natasha Jacob extended her team and season-long hit streak to 11 games with a 3-for-4 performance and she also scored one run. George went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and junior BillieAnne Gay had a 1-for-3 day at the plate with a triple.
FSU got on board in the bottom of the fourth with two outs when freshman Brittany Osmon hit an RBI single that scored sophomore LaShaun Davis (1-0). Virginia answered back in the top of the fifth inning and tacked on two runs off of three hits for the 2-1 lead. In the bottom of the fifth, Jacob singled and George knocked her in on an infield grounder for the 2-2 tie. One and a half innings later, George ripped her fifth home run of the season out of the park for the win.
Florida State will take the week off before traveling to Troy for a doubleheader next Sunday, May 1, beginning at 2:00 p.m.