May 6, 2005
PROVO, Utah – It was raining hits for the Florida State (33-22, 11-6 ACC) offense Friday evening as the Seminoles run-ruled Brigham Young University, 12-3, behind 12 hits–including two home runs–in the first game of a doubleheader at Gail Miller Field. Senior NFCA All-American pitcher Casey Hunter was near flawless as she allowed just three hits, one earned run, no walks, and struck out eight batters in five innings to improve to 19-14 on the season. The Mountain West Conference regular season champion BYU dropped to 40-12 and hurler Summer Tobias fell to 17-6.
The victory snapped a four-game skid for the Seminoles and junior left fielder Natasha Jacob extended her hit streak to 16 games.
Freshman catcher Melissa Wood and junior designated player/catcher BillieAnne Gay were perfect at the plate tonight with 3-for-3 and 2-for-2 performances, respectively. Gay added two RBIs and Florida State received three RBIs a piece from sophomore LaShaun Davis (1-2) and junior Kim Hoffer (1-2). Davis recorded her second three-run home run of the week when she went yard in the top of the third inning. Senior center fielder Tatiana George led off the fourth inning with her sixth bomb of the season and senior third baseman Lesley Palmer was 2-for-4 while designated player Carly Brieske went 1-for-1 with a single.
Cougar shortstop Jodi Norton was 1-for-2 and Debbie Dobbs and Ianeta Le’I drove in one run each for Brigham Young.
After a 30 minute rain delay and temperatures that dipped into the low 40s, the Seminoles’ bats quickly warmed things up after Melissa Wood and Lesley Palmer opened the top of the second inning with a singles to left field. Davis reached on an error to load up the bases, and Hoffer walked in the first run to make the score 1-0. With two outs, Gay drove in an two-run RBI double to left center which made the score 3-0.
The Tribe had a monstrous fourth inning that found every member of the line-up getting a chance at the plate. The Seminoles recorded five runs off of four hits, two errors, and two were left on base. George walked and Wood advanced her a base on a single to right field. Back-to-back BYU errors allowed George to score and Palmer to reach base before Davis stepped up to the plate for the three-run home run to right field as the Seminoles took a comfortable 7-0 advantage. Jacob plated the final run when she scored freshman Brittany Osmon on a single to second base (8-0).
Hunter’s perfect game was broken up in the bottom of the third inning when a line drive shot went between Jacob and George in left center and the players collided reaching for the ball as it got loose and rolled to the fence for the Jodi Norton triple. On the next at bat, Hunter overthrew a slow roller as Norton scored Brigham Young’s first run of the game (8-1). The Cougars would eventually tack on two more runs in the third but it would be their last of the game as they went to the top of the fourth down 8-3.
Florida State found four more runs in the fourth inning off of four hits. George led off with a home run (9-3) and Wood and Palmer had back-to-back singles to reach base before Hoffer recorded a two-run single to left center (11-3). A sacrifice fly from Jacob scored Hoffer for the final run of the game as the Seminoles won 12-3.