March 11, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - With every passing game against a ranked team the Florida State softball team is getting closer and closer to putting together a complete game. The No. 25 Seminoles had ample opportunities to claim the title of the Florida State Invitational, but left too many runners on base as they dropped the championship game, 2-1, to No. 21 Georgia on Sunday (March 11).
Florida State had its six-game winning streak snapped as it dropped to 18-8. All eight of FSU's losses have been to teams either ranked in the Top 25 or receiving votes. Georgia won its first FSU Invitational title as it improved to 22-8.
"We didn't take advantage of the opportunities we had," FSU head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said. "We got runners on base, but we kept popping the ball up at the wrong time. Overall I'm pleased with how we played this weekend. We bounced back from a tough week and hit the ball really well. This should give us confidence going to California next week and for the remainder of the conference schedule."
Taking the loss for the Seminoles was starter Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) as she dropped to 5-5. The right-hander gave up two runs on just three hits with five strikeouts and four walks. Getting the victory to improve to 5-3 was UGA's Christie Hamilton.
Florida State placed three on the all-tournament team, headlined by Player of the Year candidate Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) who it .519 (14-of-27) for the weekend with nine runs scored and nine stolen bases. Joining Wootson on the all-tournament was shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) and outfielder Carly Wynn (Sharpsburg, Ga.).
The Seminoles out-hit the Bulldogs 8-to-3, led by a pair from catcher Robin Ahrberg (Stillwater, Okla.) who drove in the only run of the game in the third when her single to center field scored LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.). Davis led off the inning with a single and went to third on an Alicart single.
Florida State had ample opportunities to score against the Bulldogs as they stranded as season-high 11 runners on base. The Seminoles put runners on base in every inning but the fifth and left five runners in scoring position.
A pair of stolen bases helped Georgia jump out to an early lead as the Bulldogs scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning. UGA got two of its three hits in the first, including a single by Allison Horne that scored Kellie Middleton with the game-winning run. After the first inning, McDonald retired 18 of the last 21 batters she faced and sat down 13 out of 14 to end the game.
Florida State is back at home Tuesday (March 13) when it plays host to Southern Mississippi in a 4 p.m. doubleheader.