TALLAHASSEE, FL (March 9) - Fourth-ranked Florida State defeated the University of Connecticut softball team for the second time in three days, but by a much smaller margin in the second win than the first. The Seminoles won by a score of 7-4, after shutting out the Huskies 8-0 on Sunday. FSU pitcher Casey Hunter improved her record to 11-1 with the win, and allowed just two earned runs. The game was scheduled as a doubleheader, but game two was cancelled due to weather.
Junior Mandy Schettini (Coxsackie, N.Y.) started things off for UConn in the top of the first, taking first base on a walk. Freshman Jessica Quan (Stockton, Calif.) followed with a sacrifice bunt, but reached first on a fielders choice while Schettini also made it safely to second on a throwing error by FSU. After a strikeout, the Huskies loaded the bases when senior Maggie Arbogast (Ambler, Pa.) walked to first, and junior Jen Ward (Gales Ferry, Conn.) followed with a RBI single to center field, scoring Schettini. Sophomore Erica Pernell (Plainville, Conn.) reached on a fielders choice, and Quan was thrown out at home, but the bases remained loaded. UConn scored its second run of the inning when freshman Holly Calcagno (Cedar Grove, N.J.) walked to first to score Arbogast.
The Seminoles answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning with a RBI single from Lesley Palmer and a RBI double by Beth Wade. UConn pitcher Michelle Caouette (Wynantskill, N.Y.) struck out the final batter of the inning, leaving the bases loaded.
FSU took the lead in the bottom of the second on a Husky error, and went on to score two more runs in the bottom of the third when Carey Galuppi hit a two RBI single to center field.
UConns Jen DAngelo (Wyomissing, Pa.), Arbogast and Ward hit three consecutive singles in the top of the fifth, and Calcagno brought the first two home with a double to left field to bring UConn within one of the Seminoles.
Florida State got two outs with their first three batters in the bottom of the fifth, but Natasha Jacob tripled to right field to start a two-out rally and score LaShaun Davis who had reached on a walk. Jessica van der Linden then singled to score Jacob and put her team up 7-4. UConn was able to put just one runner on base in their next two at bats, and to no avail.
Ward finished the day going 2-for-3 with one RBI, and Calcagno went 1-for-3 with three RBI.
The Huskies will play their final game of their spring break trip tomorrow, Wednesday, March 10 when they take on Florida A&M at 1:00 p.m. in a doubleheader.