April 18, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
A thrilling finish to game one set the table for a great Senior Day for the Florida State softball team. Unfortunately, Troy was bent on spoiling the Seminoles’ last home game as it put up three runs in the third inning to beat FSU 4-2 on Tuesday (April 18) in the second game of the doubleheader.
The loss dropped Florida State to 33-22, while Troy improved to 25-30.
Florida State starter Kayla Collins (Niceville, Fla.) did not get out of the third inning as she was saddled with the loss to drop her record to 4-4. The right-hander gave up four runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and three walks in two innings of work. Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) came on in relief, throwing the final five innings with two strikeouts and three hits. Troy starter Angle Lopez got the win to improve to 10-9.
“We got behind right away, but I felt like we had time to catch up,” FSU head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said. “We just didn’t get the job done at the plate.”
The Trojans opened the scoring in the second when a lead off walk came around to score. The damage could have been worse, but Collins managed to retire the last three batters to end the threat. Troy stranded 12 runners in the game. She wasn’t as fortunate in the third as Troy put the first three batters on base. The big blow in the inning was a two-run double by designated player Brittany Krbec.
Florida State got its first run of the day in the third when it tied the game at one. Senior center fielder Carly Brieske (Safety Harbor, Fla.) picked up a single one out after catcher Melissa Wood (Lilburn, Ga.) started the frame with a single. After a walk to Collins, Brieske moved up to third on a ground out then scored FSU’s first run on a wild pitch.
The Seminoles tried to mount a comeback in the bottom of the seventh inning. With two outs, right fielder LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) drew a walk. In her final home at-bat, senior left fielder Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas) drilled a double into the right field gap. As Davis went to third, the throw from the outfield was wide of the base, allowing her to score.
“Natasha did a great job, we just didn’t do a good job behind her,” Graf added. “If she gets on and sets the tone, we’ve got to move her over. We’ve got to bunt her around, we’ve got to get some hits to drive her in and we didn’t do that today”
Half of Florida State’s six hits came from Jacob as she went 3-for-4 with a stolen base. The senior picked up five hits during the doubleheader to give her sole possession of tenth place in ACC history with 245 hits. She is tied with Susan Buttery for sixth-place on the FSU charts.
“I tried to enjoy the moment and have fun,” Jacob said of her last home. “I didn’t get caught up in it the whole time because have a lot of games left, but it felt great to get a hit in my last at-bat at home. That’s something I’ll always remember.”
The Seminoles take to the road this weekend as they get back into Atlantic Coast Conference action when they start a three-game series at Virginia Tech on Friday at 4 p.m.