March 9, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Through the first 20 games of the season, all ten of Carly Wynn's hits were singles. That all changed on Friday (March 9) as the freshman outfielder belted a pair of home runs to spark the No. 25 Florida State softball team to a 6-2 victory over Georgia State to give the Seminoles a sweep of the first day of play at the Florida State Invitational.
The Seminoles won their second in a row to improve to 14-7. Georgia State dropped to 15-10. The win was FSU's first victory of the year when trailing after the fourth inning.
Snapping a personal three-game losing streak was FSU starting pitcher Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) as she evened her record at 4-4 with the victory. The right-hander threw a complete game, giving up two runs on seven hits with nine strikeouts and four walks. Taking the loss was Georgia State's Madi Gore, who dropped to 8-3.
Wynn (Sharpsburg, Ga.) was tops on the team offensively, going 2-for-2 with two runs scored and four RBIs. Player of the Year candidate Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) drove in a pair of runs with her two-run, fifth-inning home run that ended up being the game winner.
"We've been working with Carly to turn on the ball in games like she does during practice," FSU head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said. "Hopefully she made a big breakthrough today."
Georgia State got on the board first as it pushed two runs across in the top of the fourth as they collected four of their seven hits off McDonald to take a 2-0 lead.
Wynn led off the fifth by smacking the first home run of her collegiate career, a solo shot over the right field fence. First baseman Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) followed by drawing a walk and was nearly stranded on base until Wootson delivered the two-run homer to give the Seminoles a 3-2 lead. The home run was the 23rd of Wootson's career, putting her one back of Tiffany Daniels for second place in school history.
The long ball helped the Seminoles tack three more runs on the sixth inning. Designated player Brittany Krbec (Orlando, Fla.) started the inning with a single then shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) reached on an error. After a sacrifice moved the runners to second and third, Wynn hit her second home run of the day with her line drive just clearing the wall down the right field line to extended FSU's lead to 6-2. Left fielder Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) added a single in the inning to up her hit streak to seven games.
"I liked the way we fought back this afternoon," Graf said. "This is one of those games last year that we might have lost, but the girls have shown a lot of fight this year. With the exception of the one inning Tiffany pitched pretty well and the defense did a great job behind her."
Minus the fourth inning, McDonald only allowed one runner to get past second base the rest of the game. Florida State turned a pair of double plays - including one in the fourth to limit the damage - and Wootson made her second spectacular diving stop of the day to save a run in the fifth.
The host Seminoles are back on the field Saturday morning at 11 a.m. as they continue pool play against Appalachian State. Florida State wraps up round robin competition at 1:30 p.m. versus Maine with bracket play starting at 6:30 p.m. www.seminoles.com