May 2, 2006
ORLANDO, Fla. –
There wasn’t much offense from the Florida State softball game in the first game of its Tuesday (May 2) doubleheader with UCF, but it was enough to get the victory. Catcher Melissa Wood belted a two-run home run in the sixth inning to give the Seminoles the 2-0 victory.
With the victory, Florida State improved to 35-24 while UCF dropped to 19-32. The 35 wins equaled last year’s entire win total.
FSU starter Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) improved to 24-14 with the victory as she threw her league-leading 29th complete game of the season. The right-hander threw her fourth shutout of the year on six hits with 10 strikeouts and one walk. UCF starter Allison Kime took the loss as she dropped to 13-16.
The ten strikeouts tied McDonald with Leslie Malerich for seventh on the FSU single-season charts at 255 strikeouts. She also moved into a tied with Toni Guttierez for fifth with her 44th appearance. The third category she moved up in was innings pitched where she surpassed Renee Espinoza for seventh at 254.0 innings.
Florida State broke through for the only runs of the game in the top of the sixth inning. With one out, shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) was hit by a pitch. One out later, Wood (Lilburn, Ga.) belted her fifth home run of the season to give FSU a 2-0 lead. The dinger was the 11th of her career, putting her one back of Beth Wade for tenth on the Seminole career charts.
Through the first five innings, the Seminoles’ offense consisted solely of left fielder Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas). The All-America candidate picked up FSU’s only two hits with a single in the first and third innings. In the first she added a stolen base, her 20th of the season.
Half of Florida State’s six hits came from Jacob as she went 3-for-4 on the day. First baseman Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) added a single in the sixth and right fielder LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) picked up an infield single in the seventh.
McDonald got some help in the middle innings from her defense. In the fourth she put the leader runner on, but started a double play herself on a grounder back up the middle to get out of the inning. Then in the fifth, Alicart and second baseman Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) turned another double play after the leadoff hitter reached again.
The two teams finish up the doubleheader with game two.