March 10, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Returning to JoAnne Graf Field was the perfect remedy to pull the Florida State softball team out of the funk it was in last week. The No. 25 Seminoles won their third game in a row and stayed perfect during the FSU Invitational as they took down Appalachian State, 4-2, on Saturday (March 10).
Florida State improved to 15-7 as it won its third game in a row. Appalachian State is still looking for its first win the tournament as it dropped to 3-16.
Coming on in the fourth to get the victory was hurler Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) as she improved to 5-4. The right-hander threw four shutout innings, giving up just one hit with four strikeouts and one walk. Starter Kayla Collins (Niceville, Fla.) threw the first three innings, giving two runs on three hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Taking the loss for the Mountaineers was Yancy Moose as she fell to 1-8.
Leading the Florida State bats was shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) as she went 2-for-2 with three RBIs and a run scored. Player of the Year candidate Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) went 2-for-4 and scored a pair of runs. Her second run moved her past Georgia Tech's Laura Williams for fifth in ACC history with 164 career runs.
The Seminoles got off to a quick start offensively as they picked up a run in the first inning. Wootson led off with a single up the middle and stole second base. A ground out moved her up to third then an infield single by Alicart scored Wootson with the first run.
Two hits and a free pass off Collins gave Mountaineers a pair of runs as they took a 2-1 lead in the third. Similar to the Georgia State game the Seminoles rallied late in the contest to take lead, this time doing it in the sixth inning.
Just like the first inning, Wootson led off the frame with a walk and stole second. A single to centerfield by right fielder LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) scored Wootson with the tying run. One out later, Alicart crushed a two-run home run over the left field fence to put FSU up 4-2.
Florida State wraps up pool play at 1:30 p.m. against Maine then comes back at 6:30 to start bracket play. The winner of the Florida State-Maine contest will be the pool champion.