April 15, 2006 - by
Florida State Softball Can’t Complete Rally, Drops 6-5 Decision To NC State

April 15, 2006

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In complete contrast to the first game of their Atlantic Coast Conference doubleheader that was scoreless through eight innings, Florida State and North Carolina State had plenty of offense in the nightcap. Unfortunately for the host Seminoles, they couldn’t match the Wolfpack as NC State swept the twinbill by taking game two, 6-5, on Saturday (April 15).

Florida State lost its first doubleheader of the season and first in league play since dropping a pair at Georgia Tech last year, to fall to 31-21, 6-7 in the conference. The Wolfpack improved to 38-16, 10-4 in the ACC.

Taking the loss for the Seminoles was freshman starter Kayla Collins (Niceville, Fla.) as her ledger fell to 4-3. The righty gave up six runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and three walks. Getting the victory for NC State was reliever Megan Dalthorp to take her record to 8-3.
NC State got an early 5-0 lead almost completely from the bat of Abbie Sims as she hit a solo home run in the second and a three-run dinger in the third. The Seminoles pulled within two runs in their half of the third as they scored a trio of runs.

Right fielder LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) started the frame with a single to center field before left fielder Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas) beat an infield chopper. Designated player Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) loaded the base with an infield single of her own. Shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) cleared the bases with her third triple of the year to make it a 5-3 game.

The Wolfpack answered with another run in the fourth to push the lead back to three runs, but the Seminoles cut the lead to one in the fifth. Jacob led off with her second hit of the day and moved up on a sacrifice by designated player Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.). Alicart tied a career-high by driving in Jacob with her fourth RBI of the day then scored a run of her own on Wootson’s triple. Unfortunately, Wootson was stranded at third as Dalthorp got a pair of strikeouts to end the threat.

Four Seminoles picked up two or more hits, led by Alicart’s three-base hits to go along with her four RBIs and one run scored. Jacob added a pair of hits and scored twice. Davis also had two base knocks and a run scored, while Wootson was the fourth Seminole with a pair of hits to go along with an RBI.

The two teams wrap up their three-game series on Sunday (April 16) at 1 p.m.

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