May 2, 2007
TROY, Ala. –
Over the course of the last few games the Florida State team has had a penchant for hitting clutch home runs. The Seminoles slammed a pair of homers in the fourth and fifth innings with two outs to beat Troy, 5-3, in the first game of Wednesday’s (May 2) doubleheader.
The victory improved Florida State to 39-20 overall. The Trojans dropped to 38-16.
Picking up the victory was Florida State starter Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) as she improved to 14-12. The right-hander threw her 18th complete game of the year, giving up three runs on seven hits with nine strikeouts and one walk. Taking the loss for the Trojans was starter Angela Lopez, who dropped to 17-6.
Florida State’s eight hits came from seven players with center fielder Carly Wynn (Sharpsburg, Ga.) leading the way with a 2-for-4 performance that included a pair of runs and two RBIs, including her third run of the year. First baseman Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) hit her third home run in as many games to lead the way with three RBIs. Wynn’s home run was the 44th for Florida State this year, tying the school record set during the 2004 run to the Women’s College World Series.
Shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) extended her hitting streak to ten games with a double in the sixth inning. Two-time All-American Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) had a hit and scored a run. The run tied her with Brandi Stuart for second in ACC and FSU history at 192 career runs scored. The hit tied her with Natasha Jacob for sixth in ACC lore and fourth in Seminole history at 271 hits.
After being flawless for nearly three innings, McDonald gave up a two-out run in the bottom of the third. Florida State answered with three runs of its own in the top of the fourth. With one out, Wynn dropped down a perfect bunt single. One out later, Alicart drew a walk to bring up Osmon who deposited the second pitch she saw over the right field fence to put FSU up 3-1.
As quickly as Florida State took the lead, Troy tied the game back up in its half of the inning. With two outs and two on, Jessica Lyle hit a triple to the gap in right field to score two runs and tie the game at 3-3. The long ball gave the Seminoles the lead back in the fifth. Wootson came through with a two-out single up the middle and Wynn gave FSU the lead back with a two-run shot to straight-away center field.
The two teams wrap up the doubleheader with game two