May 4, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Looking at the scoreboard, the casual observer would think North Florida had its way with Florida State as the Ospreys out-hit the Seminoles 9-5. However, timely hitting, tough defense and solid pitching gave FSU the sweep as Carly Wynn’s single in the bottom of the seventh inning scored Veronica Wootson to give the Seminoles the 2-1 victory and sweep of Friday’s (May 4) doubleheader.
The Seminoles won their sixth game in a row to improve to 42-44. North Florida dropped to 32-23.
Pitcher Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) came on to throw the final two scoreless innings and get the win as her record improved to 15-12. Starter Melissa May (San Diego, Calif.) worked five innings, giving up just one run on seven hits with three strikeouts and two walks. Taking the loss was the Ospreys’ Devyn Findley, who dropped to 16-6.
Florida State’s five hits came from five different players, but seven of the nine positions starters reached base at least once. A double by Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) moved her into a tie with Leslie Palmer for fifth place in school history at 33 two-baggers. Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) also moved up one spot to number two as she collected her 39th double to pull even with Brandi Stuart and the run in the seventh allowed Wootson to pass Stuart for second in ACC and FSU history at 193 runs scored.
May worked herself out of a jam in the fourth. Two singles and an error loaded the bases for the Ospreys and it looked as if they would score their first run on a single Ashley Parenteau to right field but Monica Montez (Corona, Calif.) fired a bullet to the plate for the force out. May induced a pop up and a ground out to get out of the inning.
The defensive stand translated to the plate for the Seminoles in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, Alicart delivered a double down the left field line. Then with two outs, Jessica Gilmore (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) dropped a single into center field to score the first run of the game.
North Florida came right back in its very next at bat as Amy Higgs laced her second triple of the game and crossed the plate one out later. Each team would have a chance to get the go-ahead run across. UNF’s best chance came in the sixth as it collected back-to-back singles off McDonald before Gwen Williams popped into a double play at first.
The game appeared to be heading to extra inning when Wootson picked up her first hit of the day – a double to straight-away center field. Wynn delivered a single through the right side that just hopped over the second baseman’s glove to score Wootson with the winning run.
Florida State finishes off the regular season on Sunday (May 6) when it travels to Auburn for a 1 p.m. (CDT) game.