May 10, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The third-seeded Florida State softball team returned to the field to play second-seed Virginia Tech On Saturday as the ACC Championships continued after consistent rain postponed the tournament on Friday. With the championship moved to a single elimination bracket, the Hokies took the 2-0 win in the semi-finals to eliminate the Seminoles from the tournament.
Despite her best efforts on the mound, senior Tiffany McDonald struck out just three batters while giving up four hits and two earned runs. The starting pitcher is now 17-11 and improved her career strikeouts to 914, a new FSU record she set in the win over Boston College on Thursday.
Virginia Tech was on the board in the third inning, with Erin Ota and Misty Hall taking two runs off of McDonald. The Seminoles would get into scoring position in the top of the fourth when Whitney Buckmon struck out swinging but reached first on a passed ball. The senior left fielder then stole second, but would not clear the bases and it would be the last time the Noles would reach base in the game.
Tech’s Angela Tincher threw a no-hitter against FSU and will lead the Hokies in the championship game on Sunday at noon against the winner of the No. 1 North Carolina/No. 5 NC State semi-final match-up.
With a 37-26 overall record, the Seminoles will wait to hear if they will advance to the NCAA Regionals on May 16-18.