Feb. 12, 2005
Game 1: Missouri 6, Nicholls State 0
Playing their first of four games in the Seminole Softball Complex, the Missouri softball team opened its season with a 6-0 shutout of Nicholls State at the Seminole Classic. Freshman Jen Bruck and sophomore Erica Peterson pitched for a combined one-hitter, while junior transfer Janessa Roening (Port Angeles, Wash.) smashed the Tigers’ first homer of the season.
Leading off the MU lineup, sophomore centerfielder Leanne Bowers scored the game’s first run after being hit by pitch in the top of the first inning. Bowers advanced to second on a passed ball and was later brought home on a wildpitch off of Nichole Wagner. The Tigers went on to score another run in the second inning and two in the fifth, securing their win with three runs in the sixth that included a two-out long shot by Roening over the outfield fence. All together, the Tigers tallied six hits, with three going down in the books as doubles.
In her first career start as a collegiate pitcher, Bruck tossed four complete innings, allowing only one hit and one walk while totaling four strikeouts on her way to her first win. The left-handed Peterson took the mound in the fifth inning, staring down 10 batters and striking out six.
Game 2: Missouri 3, Florida State 2 (9)
The No. 10 Florida State softball team (2-2) dropped its second straight game after falling to Missouri 3-2 in nine innings during its opening contest of the Seminole Classic. Senior NFCA All-American Casey Hunter (0-1) took the loss for the Seminoles, allowing no earned runs and nine strikeouts in 8.2 innings of work.
“I thought Casey pitched a great ball game and that’s a good sign for us, especially when she gets healthy,” FSU head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said, in reference to Hunter who missed the last two games because of an illness. “We’re definitely not hitting and our offense is not where it needs to be. I am a little concern with intensity level at the plate. We have to learn to adjust to different speeds and that is something we did not do well today.”
Missouri was designated the home team for the tournament and scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to hand FSU the loss at the Seminole Softball Complex. Because of international tiebreaker rules, the Tigers’ Ashley Hays was placed on second base and Kathy Matterson put down a sacrifice bunt to advance Hays to third. Kendra Power had an RBI single and continued to second on the throw before Janessa Roening brought her in on an error for the victory.
“In the first game, we made a couple sloppy mistakes and that cost us the ball game. They scored a couple runs on errors and we should have been out of that game in regulation, so we’re still making physical mistakes that I’m not happy with.
“Basically I told them that I wasn’t pleased with the performance today and I reminded them that every team gets up for us, and we have to play at a higher intensity level. That has to improve before tomorrow. ”
Florida State got on the board first, scoring a run in the top of the first on an RBI single by senior shortstop Tatiana George. Veronica Wootson registered the first run after reaching base on a bunt single.
Mizzou matched FSU with a run in the bottom of the first thanks to a Tribe error.
The next seven innings remained scoreless until Wootson, who was placed on second because of the tiebreaker, scored when junior Natasha Jacob put down a bunt and reached base on an error.
Jacob went 2-for-3 for the game while teammate Wootson recorded one hit and two runs. Sophomore LaShaun Davis had the only other hit of the contest for the Seminoles.
Erica Peterson (1-0) earned the win, tallying eight strikeouts in the final five innings of work. She held FSU hitless, giving up only one walk and one run.
“I am feeling a little better than I was, but I’m not up to my potential,” said Hunter after the game. “On Wednesday night I left right away [after pitching one inning], and it was difficult to leave the team considering I really wanted to be there.
“Normally, it’s okay pitching in extra innings because I get stronger as I go. However, lately it’s hard to keep going because I’ve been sick. It’s early in the season and we’re going to make our mistakes, so hopefully we’ll get it out of system soon.”
Game 3: Florida State 2, Nicholls State 0
Freshman pitcher Tiffany McDonald improved her record to 2-0 on the season after shutting out Nicholls State 2-0 and allowing just three hits, no earned runs, and six strikeouts in the third game of the Seminole Classic at the Seminole Softball Complex Friday night.
George went 2-for-3 with one RBI to keep her season average at 1.00 RBI/game. Freshman Brittany Osmon notched her first triple of the season in the sixth inning, and Wootson doubled in the fifth.
Florida State scored first in the bottom of the second when freshman Whitney Buckmon reached base on a fielder’s choice and stole second before advancing to third on an error by the catcher. Once again it was all Osmon, as the San Diego native hit a sacrifice fly to left field for the RBI and first score of the game.
In the third inning, Davis singled and stole second and third before George completed an RBI single.
Jessica Barksdale received the loss in the circle for Nicholls State.
All three teams will continue action Saturday beginning at 11:00 a.m. when FSU takes on Nicholls State followed by FSU vs. Missouri. The Tigers and Colonels will conclude the weekend with a 3:00 p.m. match-up.