May 13, 2005
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – For the second time in 14 years of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Softball Championship history, Florida State did not advance to the title game after falling to sixth-seeded and host Maryland, 2-0, Friday afternoon at the Terrapin Complex. The Seminoles are the first team eliminated from the league tournament and will keep alive hopes that the NCAA committee will consider their strength of schedule Sunday when it awards bids to the NCAA tournament.
The Seminoles, who advanced to the 2004 Women’s College World Series with a 62-12 record and started the preseason ranked No. 10, dropped to 33-26 on the season. The Terrapins improved to 27-20 and defeated the Tribe for just the second time since the 1999 campaign. Freshman Tiffany McDonald picked up the loss (14-9) after throwing three innings. Junior left fielder Natasha Jacob extended her hit streak to 20 games.
Maryland’s Nikki Smith led the way for the Terps going 3-for-3 with a home run, two runs scored and an RBI.
Maryland struck early with a run in the bottom of the second to take an 1-0 lead. After three straight singles loaded the bases for the Terps, Natalie Grossman drew a one out walk bringing home Smith from third for her ninth RBI of the season.
The Terrapins added to their lead in the fourth when Smith connected on her third home run of the season for a 2-0 Maryland advantage. Smith deposited the 3-2 offering from Florida State starter Tiffany McDonald down the line in left just around the foul pole. A double to Crystal Rizzuto and a walk to Lauren Pollock chased McDonald in relief of Casey Hunter, who struck out the side to end the inning.
The two runs would be all Aditays would need as she pitched six innings in relief of starter Abbey Welch, who left the game after an undisclosed injury in the second. Aditays shut down the Seminoles allowing three hits while striking out eight.
Florida State senior Tatiana George was 1-for-1 with a walk to pace the Seminoles.