April 22, 2006
BLACKSBURG, Va. –
A little patience went a long way for the Florida State softball team. Even though the Seminoles only collected six hits in the final game of their Atlantic Coast Conference series at Virginia Tech, they had a great eye at the plate to draw a season-high eight walks and win the game 9-6 on Saturday (April 22).
The win snapped a three-game losing streak to the Hokies as Florida State improved to 34-24, 8-9 in the league. Virginia Tech dropped to 33-14, 10-7 in the ACC.
Coming on in relief to get the victory was Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) as she improved to 23-14. The right-hander threw the final 4.2 innings, giving up three runs, but only one earned, on three hits with one strikeout and three walks. Freshman Kayla Collins (Niceville, Fla.) got the start, but did not factor into the decision. She gave up four runs on seven hits in 2.1 innings. Taking the loss as VT’s Katie Maynard as she dropped to 12-8.
The Seminoles doubled their offensive production in the top of the first inning when they struck for four runs, all with two outs. Shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) started with a walk, then scored all the way from first on a double by second baseman Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.). Following a walk to center fielder Carly Brieske (Safety Harbor, Fla.), first baseman Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) belted her first home run of the season, a three-run dinger to put FSU up 4-0.
After Virginia Tech put a pair up on in its half of the first, Florida State answered with another run in the second. The Seminoles took advantage of a VT miscue as right fielder LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) reached on a dropped fly ball. Two batters later, designated player Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) roped a triple to left field to scored Davis.
Florida State tacked on another run in the third when catcher BillieAnne Gay (Tallahassee, Fla.) ripped a double to right field that scored Brieske after she reached on a fielder’s choice.
Virginia Tech pulled to within a run when it scored twice in the third and once in the fourth, but FSU put three more on the board in the fifth to push the lead back to 9-5. Osmon reached on a fielder’s choice then moved up to second on a walk to Gay. Davis drilled a triple – FSU’s national leading 24th triple of the season – into the left field gap to scored both Osmon and Gay, then crossed the plate herself on a wild pitch.
Eight of the nine hitters in the starting line-up reached base at least once. Leading the way with a third of the Seminoles’ hits was Davis as she went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Osmon was tops on the team with her three RBIs while she and Brieske tied for the team lead with two runs scored. Despite going 0-for-1, Alicart drew a trio of walks.
Florida State is off next week for final exams. The Seminoles return to action May 2 when they travel to UCF for a 5:30 p.m. doubleheader.