March 3, 2007
RALEIGH, N.C. –
A sign of a good team is its ability to bounce back after a tough loss. The No. 19 Florida State softball team showed its character as it came back after a hard loss in game one against NC State to beat the defending ACC champs, 4-0, thanks to a masterful one-hit performance by pitcher Melissa May, and forge a split of Saturday’s (March 3) doubleheader.
The Seminoles halted their four-game losing streak as they improved to 12-6 overall and 1-1 in the ACC. The Wolfpack dropped to 13-6, 1-1 in the league.
Stopping the streak was the sophomore May (San Diego, Calif.) as she improved 3-1 on the year. The lefty went the distance, blanking the Wolfpack on the one hit with four strikeouts and no walks. Taking the loss for NC State was Shaina Ervin, who dropped to 5-3.
Florida State was without the services of Player of the Year candidate and two-time All-American Veronica Wootson who returned home to California to attend to a family matter.
A pair of Seminoles collected a team-best two hits, led by second baseman Kelly Langston (Sopchoppy, Fla.) as she added a trio of RBIs with her three-run home run. Left fielder Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) went 2-for-4 and stole a pair of bases. Designated player Robin Ahrberg (Stillwater, Okla.) was the only other FSU player to get a hit with her single in the third.
Just like the opener, Florida State struck for the first run of the game. First baseman Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) reached on a walk to start the frame and moved up on a ground out by Buckmon. Right fielder LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) was then hit to put runners on first and second. Ahrberg hit a grounder up the middle that the NC State second baseman snagged, but she couldn’t flip to second base in time to get Davis. A pause by the NC State shortstop allowed a heads-up Osmon to sprint home with the first run.
The Seminoles turned the tables from game one and used the long ball to get some insurance runs in the top of the sixth inning. Shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced to second when pinch hitter Monica Montez (Corona, Calif.) was hit by a pitch. A wild pitched moved both runners up one base then Langston brought everyone home with her second home run in four games as she took Ervin out to dead center field.
Florida State and NC State wrap up the three-game series on Sunday (March 4) with a 12 p.m. affair.