April 10, 2006
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –
With Virginia only getting one hit, a leadoff single in the first inning, the Florida State softball team should have been in a position to win the first game of Sunday’s (April 9) doubleheader. Unfortunately, the Seminoles didn’t take advantage of a pair of scoring opportunities as they fell 1-0 to the Cavaliers.
Florida State lost its first Sunday game of the year as it fell to 29-19 and 5-5 in the conference. The Cavaliers increased their record to 20-16, 3-7 in the league.
Even though she gave up just the one unearned run FSU starter Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) took the loss as she threw her league-leading 23rd complete game. The sophomore dropped to 19-11 as she surrendered just the one unearned on one hit to go along with nine strikeouts and no walks on just 63 pitches. Getting the victory was UVA’s Erin Horn as she improved to 8-6.
Both pitchers were dominate for the first four innings as the two teams scattered only three hits with a total of five base runners. The Cavaliers lone run came on a throwing error by catcher Melissa Wood (Lilburn, Ga.) when her throw was wide of the base as Elsa Crocket stole third. After giving up the lead off single to Crocket, McDonald retired the next 11 batters she faced and 18 of her last 19.
Florida State’s first good scoring opportunity came in the fourth inning. Designated Player Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) picked up a one-out single, then moved up when second baseman Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) was walked. In her first at-bat in the second inning, Wootson extended her hitting streak to seven games with a single up the middle. Horn would get out of the inning with a pair of strikeouts.
The Seminoles best chance to score came in the sixth. Right fielder LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) led off the frame with a triple, but she would be stranded their the rest of the inning. Left fielder Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas) hit a sharp line drive to right field, but Davis did not get back to the base in time to tag up. Relief pitcher Coty Tolar struck out Buckmon and short stop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) to end the threat.
The two teams finish up Sunday’s doubleheader at approximately 3:30 p.m.