Feb. 9, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – Despite the loss to Troy earlier in the day, Florida State kept Louisville from a perfect weekend with a 6-4 win on JoAnne Graf Field as the Early Bird Tournament came to a close Saturday, February 9. Senior and tournament MVP Brittany Osmon’s seventh inning home run secured the victory and the tournament crown as the Seminoles advance to 2-2 on the season.
In the top of the seventh, Florida State had runners on first and second with two outs and the score tied at three apiece with Osmon up to bat. With an 0-1 count, Osmon took a swing and knocked a bomb 200-feet over the right field wall for the second FSU homerun of the tournament. Three RBI’s would score as the Seminoles pulled ahead 6-4 with a pop-up to second by Robin Ahrberg ending the inning for the Seminoles.
“I love it, that’s what you play for,” Osmon said. “I wasn’t going out there to hit a homerun; I just wanted to help the team by hitting the ball hard and trying to get a base hit. It was pretty sweet that I got it over the fence.”
With FSU ahead by three, the Cardinals had three outs left to stay in the game as they started the bottom of the seventh with a double by Kristi Cunningham who would score the final run of the game for Louisville.
Taking the win for Florida State was sophomore Terese Gober who pitched seven complete innings in the victory over Louisville, ending the weekend at 2-1. Earlier in the day against Troy, Gober set a new career high of 12 strikeouts and brings her season total to 26 after shutting down three in her second game of the day.
“We had our good and bad moments this weekend,” head coach JoAnne Graf said. “We didn’t look our best against Troy but I saw a one-hundred percent turn-around against Louisville tonight. They came out aggressive and looked good throughout which is the kind of game I hope to see all season.”
Having a strong game in the batter’s box was junior Jessica Gilmore who set a new FSU career hits record after going 3-for-4 with two RBI’s and two runs scored.
Leading the Seminoles at the end of four games is senior Whitney Buckmon who went 9-for-15 and averaged .600 over the two-day tournament. Buckmon also led the team with two stolen bases one three attempts, bringing her Florida State career total to 47.
2008 Early Bird All-Tournament Team:
Whitney Buckmon (cf) – Florida State
Terese Gober (p) – Florida State
MVP Brittany Osmon (1b) – Florida State
Kristi Cunningham (cf) – Louisville
Melissa Roth (c) – Louisville
Kristen Wadwell (p) – Louisville
Jennifer Fox (3b) – Southern Miss
Ashlyn Williams (p) – Troy
Florida State is back in action on Tuesday, Feb. 12 as they take on in-town rival Florida A&M at 6:00 p.m. The game will be played on JoAnne Graf Field but will count as a home game for the Rattlers. Be sure to check Seminoles.com for updates as the 2008 Seminole softball season continues.