Feb. 25, 2007
COLUMBUS, Ga. –
If there has been an Achilles’ Heal for the Florida State pitching staff it has been nailing down the final out of the inning. A trio of two out hits made the difference as the No. 20 Seminoles dropped a 4-1 decision to No. 24 Southern Illinois on Sunday (Feb. 25.) during the final day of the 12th Annual NFCA Leadoff Classic.
The Seminoles lost their first game to a ranked opponent as they dropped to 11-3. Southern Illinois improved to 12-3.
Taking the loss for Florida State was junior Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) as she dropped to 3-2. The right-hander gave up three runs, two earned, in five innings of work on just three hits with six strikeouts but she issued three walks and hit a batter. Sophomore Melissa May (San Diego, Calif.) came on in the sixth to relieve McDonald and gave up one run on two hits with a walk and a strikeout.
Getting the win to improve to 7-1 was SIU’s Ashley Hamby. After the first inning she retired 19 of the last 21 batters she faced.
Florida State only mustered four hits off Hamby. Right fielder LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) produced the only extra base hit with her home run. Designated player Brittany Krbec (Orlando, Fla.), catcher Robin Ahrberg (Stillwater, Okla.) and center fielder Carly Wynn (Sharpsburg, Ga.) all produced singles.
For the third game in a row the long ball got the Seminoles started early as they hit their third first inning home run when Davis jacked a solo home run over the right field wall for FSU’s lone run of the game.
Southern Illinois grabbed the lead in the second as McDonald could not work out of the jam, giving up a two-out single that allowed a runner to score from second on a bobble by Wynn in centerfield. McDonald surrendered a solo home run in the fifth after retiring the first two batters.
The Seminoles got a runner in scoring position in the fifth when the freshmen Ahrberg and Wynn hit back-to-back two-out singles but Hamby got left field Jessica Gilmore (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) to pop out to end the inning.
Florida State is back in action on Wednesday, February 28, when it plays host to No. 13 Michigan in a 4 p.m.