May. 1, 2005
Final Stats Game I
Final Stats Game II
TROY, Alabama – About the only sunshine Florida State witnessed Sunday afternoon was the play of juniors BillieAnne Gay and Natasha Jacob as the Seminoles dropped two contests in an out-of-conference match-up against Troy at the Lady Trojans Complex by scores of 5-3 and 3-1. FSU, who entered the doubleheader with a six-game win streak, fell to 32-20 on the season while the Trojans improved to 43-18 overall.
Gay went 2-for-5 on the day and recorded her first collegiate home run and added a double, while Jacob set a new career and team season record after extending her hit streak to 13 straight games.
Florida State will travel to 16th-ranked Florida on Tuesday for a make-up doubleheader against the Gators at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.
GAME ONE: TROY 5, FLORIDA STATE 3
The Troy pitching staff retired 12 Florida State batters and recorded seven hits, as the Seminoles fell to Troy, 5-3, in the first game of a doubleheader at the Lady Trojans Complex Sunday afternoon. The Tribe entered the contest riding a season-long six-game win streak and dropped to 32-19 on the season. Troy improved to 42-18 overall behind the arm of pitcher Kacie Flinn (19-9). FSU senior hurler Casey Hunter (18-13) tossed for the Seminoles and received her first loss in over a month.
Florida State combined for five hits during the outing and received two from freshman first baseman Brittany Osmon who went 2-for-3. Designated player BillieAnne Gay hit her first career home run in the top of the seventh inning and finished the day 1-for-3 at the plate. Junior left fielder Natasha Jacob tied her career-best hit streak of 12 games after leading off the game with a solo triple to center field. Senior center fielder Tatiana George had a 1-for-4 day that included an RBI.
The Seminoles got on board first in the opening inning when George singled to left field and brought in Jacob, who led off the game with a triple, to take the early 1-0 lead. The Trojans fought back in the bottom of the inning when Trojan Tamra Howren slammed a two-run shot 240 feet to center field and registered her 20th home run of the season for the 2-1 advantage.
Troy tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the third inning after Stacey Dwyer opened with a double to left field and advanced to third base on a wild pitch by Hunter. Brittany Krebec singled and scored Dwyer for the 3-1 lead and the Trojans received the final run of the inning when a slow roller was fielded improperly by Hunter and allowed Howren to score (4-1). Howren had reached base on a walk.
The Seminoles struggled offensively during the fourth and fifth innings after six of seven FSU batters were shutdown. In the top of the sixth Melissa Wood walked and was replaced by pinch runner Carly Brieske who advanced to third base thanks to a grounder by senior Lesley Palmer followed by a wild pitch to put the junior in scoring position. With two outs, sophomore LaShaun Davis walked before relief pitcher Jocelyn McCallum threw a balk that allowed Brieske to cross the plate to put the score at 4-2.
The Trojans got one more run in the bottom of the sixth inning off of two hits (5-2) and the Seminoles entered their final at bat looking to rally. Gay stepped up to the plate and homered 208 feet to left center as FSU inched within two runs, 5-3. However, Jacob flied out and two other Seminoles were shutdown as Troy escaped with the victory.
Hunter tossed six innings, gave up five runs off of seven hits, struck out nine batters, and walked three.
GAME TWO: TROY 3, FLORIDA STATE 1
Florida State allowed the leadoff Trojan batter to reach base every inning, as Troy defeated FSU 3-1 during the backend of a twin bill Sunday evening. Freshman pitcher Tiffany McDonald fell to 14-6 on the season after giving up six hits and walking nine batters. Trojan hurler Jocelyn McCallum (18-7) earned the victory for the home team.
A two-run home run by ninth-hole batter Caurie Miller gave the Trojans the early 2-0 in the second inning and they added one more run in the bottom of the sixth inning when a Bonnie Belin single scored Michelle Grinage (3-0).
Florida State freshman catcher Melissa Wood scored the only run of the game for the Garnet and Gold in the seventh inning when she hit a solo shot to left center for her sixth home run of the season to make the score 3-1.