TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After going the entire first game of its doubleheader with Virginia Tech and not getting one runner on base, the Florida State softball opened up the offense in game two. The Seminoles scored in five of their six at-bats on their way to a 10-2, six inning victory over the No. 25 Hokies on Saturday (March 24).
The victory improved Florida State’s record to 2-3 in the league, 23-13 overall. The Hokies dropped to 3-2 in the ACC, 25-10 overall.
Getting the victory for the Seminoles was starter Melissa May (San Diego, Calif.) as she improved to 6-2. The left-hander gave up two runs on seven hits with one strikeout and no walks. Taking the loss for the Hokies was Heather Lowry, who dropped 4-6.
Every player in the line-up had at least one hit with shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela), leading the way with her 2-for-3 performance. She scored three runs and drove in one when she hit the 20th home run of her career to move up to fourth in school history. Player of the Year candidate Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) scored twice and had a solo home run as she tied Tiffany Daniels for second in Seminole lore at 24 dingers. First baseman Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) was tops on the team with two RBIs.
After they needed eight innings to get just one run in the opener, both teams started the second game by scoring a run in the first inning. A single scored Virginia Tech’s first run then Wootson tied it in the bottom of the first as she led off with a solo shot over the left field wall.
The Seminole scored a trio of runs in the third inning as they sent eight batters to the plate. Gilmore led off the frame with a single and moved up a base on a walk to Alicart. A sacrifice moved both runners up 60 feet and Osmon brought everyone home with her second triple in three games. Designated player Kelly Langston (Sopchoppy, Fla.) roped a double to score Osmon and make it 3-1.
Left fielder Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) got the offense going in fourth with an infield single. She stole second and moved up on a wild pitch before scoring on a Gilmore sacrifice fly. One out later Alicart belted her dinger to make it 6-1 in FSU’s favor.
Virginia Tech pushed a run across in the fifth, but the Seminoles answered with three runs in their half of the inning. Center fielder Carly Wynn (Sharpsburg, Ga.) drilled a one-out double and scored when third baseman Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) followed with a two-bagger of her own. Snyder, who advanced to third when Wootson reached on an error, scored when VT second baseman Erin Ota dropped a throw down to second on a Wootson stolen base attempt. Wootson scored on a Buckmon ground out.
FSU ended the game early in the sixth inning. Alicart led off with a single then moved up two bases on a wild pitch. A single to right field by catcher Brittany Krbec (Orlando, Fla.) scored Alicart with the tenth run.
The two teams wrap up the weekend series with a single game at 12 p.m. The game can be heard live on the internet by logging on to www.seminoles.com.
SEMINOLE SOFTBALL CAN’T FIGURE OUT #25 VA TECH’S TINCHER AS IT DROPS 1-0 DECISION
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As one of the top hitting teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference it’s not often that the Florida State softball team doesn’t put at least one runner on base. Of course, reigning ACC Player and Pitcher of the Angela Tincher isn’t your average pitcher and she proved it on Saturday (March 24) as she threw a perfect game to beat the Seminoles 1-0 in eight innings.
The loss dropped the Seminoles to 22-13 overall, 1-3 in the ACC. Virginia Tech improved 25-9, 3-1 in the ACC. Florida State hadn’t been on the short end of a perfect game or no hitter since March 26, 2006, when Georgia Tech’s Jessica Sallinger accomplished the feat.
Taking the loss for the Seminoles was starting pitcher Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) as her record dipped to 8-9. The right-hander gave up one run on eight hits with seven strikeouts and one walk. Getting the victory for the Hokies was Tincher as she improved to 19-3.
The game was a pitcher’s dual during regulation innings as Florida State couldn’t get a runner on base and the Hokies only had one player get past second base. Virginia Tech broke through for the lone run of the game when it strung three singles together with Caroline Stolle’s single scoring Callie Rhodes from second with the go-ahead run.
Tincher struck out 18 batters and only allowed six batters to put the ball in play. Second baseman Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) and first baseman Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) were the only two players that did not strike out more than once.
The two teams wrap up Saturday’s action with the second game of the doubleheader.