Feb. 28, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
One of these days the Florida State softball team is going to break through for a victory over Michigan. After coming up empty in four meetings last year, the No. 19 Seminoles nearly pulled out the first of three contests in 2007 against the No. 9 Wolverines but they came up short, 4-3, in the first game of Wednesday’s (Feb. 28) doubleheader.
The loss dropped Florida State 11-4 on the year as it lost its second game in a row. Michigan ran its record to 15-1.
Florida State junior Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) is still looking for her first win over Michigan after four losses last year as she took the defeat to drop to 3-3. The right-hander gave up four runs, but only one earned, on eight hits with two strikeouts and three walks. Getting the win was Michigan’s Lorilyn Wilson, who improved to 9-1.
Collecting a third of FSU’s six hits was Player of the Year candidate Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) as she went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Slamming her first Division I home run was first baseman Kelly Langston (Sopchoppy, Fla.) as she led the team with a pair of RBIs.
Wootson ended a string of seven-straight strikeouts by Wilson in the fifth with a solo home run that stayed just inside the left field pole. After giving up two runs in the top of the sixth, FSU got the margin back to within one in its half of the sixth. With two outs, Alicart ripped a single to left field and Langston followed with the home run, a two-run shot to center field, to make it a 4-3 ball game.
The Seminoles had their chances to score in the first two innings as they left a pair of runners on each frame. Wootson opened the first with a single and LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) followed with a walk. In the second Buckmon and Gilmore hit back-to-back singles.
Michigan got on the scoreboard first as it pushed a run across in the second inning. Davis’ throw from right field was just up the third base line as Teddi Ewing came in to score on a single by Allison Kidman. The Wolverines added a run in the third when McDonald hit Ewing with the bases loaded to score Rebekah Milian. Michigan added two insurance runs in the top of the sixth.
The two teams return for the second game of the doubleheader.