March 28, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Going beyond the normal seven innings has not been very beneficial to the Florida State softball team of late. The Seminoles dropped their second extra-inning game in their last four contests as they lost a 1-0, 12-inning, decision to Central Florida in the first game of Wednesday’s (March 28) doubleheader.
The contest was the longest regular season game in school history and is tied for the second longest game in Seminole lore. FSU lost a 3-2 decision in 14 innings to Virginia Tech during the 2005 ACC Tournament. The Seminoles beat Oregon 5-4 during a 12 inning game in the 2004 NCAA Regional.
The loss dropped Florida State to 23-15 on the year. UCF got just its second win off the Seminoles ever as it improved to 25-14.
Taking the loss was Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) as her record dropped to 8-10. The right-hander came on in the eighth, giving up just one unearned run, on three hits with one strikeout and two walks. Starting pitcher Terese Gober (McDonough, Ga.) got a no decision as went seven and a third innings, giving up five hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Getting the victory for the Golden Knights was Allison Kime as she improved to 14-6.
Leading the Seminoles at the plate was shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) as she went 2-for-5. Third baseman Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) was the only other Seminole to reach base more than once as picked up a hit and drew a walk. FSU sent a season-high 46 batters to the plate, but tied a season-low with 18 strikeouts.
With one out in the top of the 12th, a Snyder error loaded the bases for UCF. A Kacie Feaster sacrifice fly scored Hillary Barrow with the winning run. The Seminoles had the tying run at second base in the 12th, but Veronica Wootson struck out to end the game.
The first four innings looked eerily similar to two of the three games of the Virginia Tech series as the Seminoles were held without a base runner for four innings. First baseman Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) broke up the perfect game in the fifth with an infield single and Snyder added a single through the left side in the sixth.
Florida State got its first scoring opportunity of the game in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, designated player Brittany Krbec (Orlando, Fla.) drew a walk. Alicart followed with a single to left field to put pinch runner Courtney Rosen (Sugarland, Texas) on second. Unfortunately, as Rosen rounded third base on a grounder by catcher Robin Ahrberg (Stillwater, Okla.) she fell down and was tagged out for the third out.
The Seminoles had bases loaded in the eighth as Kime hit a batter and walked two, but pinch hitter Monica Montez (Corona, Calif.) grounded out to end the threat. In the 11th pinch hitter Carly Wynn (Sharpsburg, Ga.) was thrown out at the plate to get the Knights out of the inning.
The teams finish out the doubleheader with the second game.