April 4, 2007
GAINESVILLE, Fla. –
Through 42 games the Florida State softball team was the only school in the ACC to not lose a game by more than three runs. That changed on Wednesday (April 4) as the Seminoles lost 5 X-1 decision to No. 23 Florida during the first game of their doubleheader.
The loss dropped Florida State to 27-16 on the year and ended their four-game winning streak. The Gators improved to 29-16.
Taking the loss was Seminole starter Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) as she dropped to 9-11 on the year. The righty gave up five runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. Getting the victory for Florida was Stacey Nelson, who improved to 17-9.
All four of Florida State’s hits came from four different batters, but eight of the nine batters in the line-up reached base. Two-time All-American Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) drove in the lone run as she snapped an 0-for-22 slump with a single. First baseman Kelly Langston (Sopchoppy, Fla.) was the only player to cross the plate.
After Florida broke through for a run in the bottom of the first inning, the Seminoles answered with one of their own in the top of the second. With two outs, Langston drew a walk, designated player LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) was hit by a pitch and third baseman Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) came through with a single to load the bases. Wootson delivered a sharp single to center field to score Langston with the tying run.
As quickly as Florida State tied the game, the Gators regained the advantage in the third. A double by Lauren Roussell scored Kim Waleszonia for the second time and Roussell came around to score herself to make it 3-1. A two run home run by designated player Brooke Johnson in the five gave UF a 5-1 advantage.
The Seminoles had a runner in scoring position in the fourth, but pinch runner Amanda Moore (Niceville, Fla.) was thrown out at third trying to advance on a Davis ground out.
The two teams complete the doubleheader with the second game starting at approximately 6:30 p.m.