April 8, 2007
ATLANTA, Ga. –
Despite its best efforts to make a spectacular comeback, the hole was just too deep for the Florida State softball team. The Seminoles spotted No. 25 Georgia Tech a 7-1 lead and nearly completed the comeback by scoring six runs in their final three at-bats but it wasn’t quite enough as they dropped a 7-6 decision to the Yellow Jackets in Sunday’s (April 8) series finale.
The loss evened Florida State’s conference record to 6-6 and 28-19 overall. Georgia Tech moved into a tie with the Seminoles in the conference at 6-6 and 36-13 overall.
Suffering the loss in her home state was Terese Gober (McDonough, Ga.) as her record dropped to 8-4. The right-hander gave up seven runs, five earned, on nine hits with four strikeouts and one walk. Getting her second win over FSU on the weekend was the Yellow Jackets’ Whitney Humphreys, who improved to 16-5.
Leading Florida State’s offense was Georgia native Carly Wynn (Sharpsburg, Ga.) as she picked up two hits. The rookie outfielder scored a run and drove one in as well. The freshman class accounted for four of Seminoles eight hits as rookie Monica Montez (Corona, Calif.) contributed a pair of singles. Leading the team with a trio of RBIs was shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) off a three-run home run. It was the 22nd of her career. Adding RBI was third baseman Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) and right fielder LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.)
Georgia Tech strung together three straight hits to start the bottom of the first, capped off by a triple from Whitney Haller to score the first two runs. A pair of errors contributed to the Yellow Jackets’ next two runs as they mounted a 4-0 lead after two innings.
Florida State got a run in the fifth as Wynn drew a walk to start the frame and moved up on a groundout. With two outs Snyder delivered a single to right field to score Wynn. Unfortunately, the Yellow Jackets upped their margin to six when Kristina Hull hit a two-run home run in the bottom half of the inning to increase the lead to 7-1.
The Seminoles cut the margin to four in the next inning with a pair of runs to make it 7-3. After Montez led off with a single, Jessica Gilmore (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) reached on an error. A grounder by Alicart eliminated Montez, but catcher Robin Ahrberg (Stillwater, Okla.) drew a walk to load the bases. Wynn delivered a single to score the birthday girl Gilmore and with two outs Davis produced a single through the right side to score Alicart in perhaps Davis’ last at-bat in her home state.
FSU pushed three runs across in the seventh as Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) led off with a double and moved up to third on a single by Montez. Alicart cleared the bases with her 10th home run of the year, a three-run shot to left field that made it 7-6. Unfortunately, Humphreys, who came back into the game to relieve Sarah Wood, induced a pair of pop ups to end the game.
Florida State returns home for its lone home game during a two-week stretch as it takes on Florida A&M on Wednesday (April 11). It will be the 100th meeting between the Seminoles and Rattlers.