Virginia Softball Drops Final Game Of Series To Florida State
April 24, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The University of Virginia softball team battled Florida State all game, but Tatiana George’s solo home run in the bottom of the seventh broke a 2-2 tie and propelled the Seminoles to a 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over UVa Sunday (April 24) at Joanne Graf Field. Florida State swept the three game series and improves to 31-18 overall and 11-6 in the ACC. The Cavaliers fall to 23-29 overall and 7-7 in the conference.
Florida State broke a scoreless tie with a run in the bottom of the fourth inning. With two outs, LaShuan Davis and Veronica Wootson drew back-to-back walks. Brittany Osmon plated Davis with a single. The Cavaliers responded with two runs in the top of the fifth to take their first lead of the series, 2-1. First-year shortstop Lindsey Preuss (La Plata, Md./La Plata) led off the fifth inning with a double. First-year first baseman Whitney Holstun (Escondido, Calif./Escondido) was then issued a base on balls. After a strikeout, second-year designated player Amy McKean (Kent, Wash./Kentlake) tied the game at 1-1 with a single to center field that scored Preuss from second base. The next batter, third-year center fielder Jackie Greer (Portage, Mich./Portage Northern) was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Third-year right fielder Jessica Taylor (Philadelphia, Pa./Germantown Academy) gave UVa a 2-1 lead with an infield single to shortstop that scored pinch runner Meghan O’Leary (Baton Rouge La./Episcopal) from third base.
Florida State came right back in the bottom half of the fifth inning and scored a run to tie the game at 2-2. Natasha Jacob led off the inning with a single to third base and moved to second on an infield error on the play. Kim Hoffer moved Jacob to third with a sacrifice bunt and Tatiana George brought Jacob home with a fielder’s choice grounder. After a scoreless sixth inning, the Seminoles pulled out the victory on George’s one-out homer in the bottom of the seventh.
Third-year Erin Horn (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon) took the loss in the circle for the Cavaliers. Horn fell to 10-8 with the complete-game effort. She allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits with five strikeouts and five walks. Florida State’s Casey Hunter registered her second win over the series in the circle as she improved to 17-12. She gave up two runs on five hits with 12 strikeouts and three walks.
Virginia returns to action on Wednesday (April 27) when it hosts Mount St. Mary’s in a doubleheader at The Park. The first game is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m.