July 31, 2008
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Five Seminoles were named to the 2008 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Softball Team as announced by the league office on Thursday, July 31. Three of those student-athletes were named to the team for a second consecutive year.
One of those repeat winners is senior and All-ACC performer Tiffany McDonald who led the Noles with 244 strikeouts in 2008. The child development major from Belfair, Wash., also shattered the school strikeout record with 939 career K’s. The previous record of 899 was set by All-American Jessica van der Linden in 2004. McDonald also led the pitching staff this season with a 1.69 ERA and nine shutouts.
Fellow seniors Whitney Buckmon and Brittany Osmon also made the team this year, a repeat for Osmon. Buckmon graduated with a sport management degree in April and closed out her career at FSU with a .340 average and led the team with 28 stolen bases this season. A math education major, Osmon finished the season with a .308 average and had an impressive seven home runs and 46 RBI.
Sophomore and First Team All-ACC member Carly Wynn won her second All-ACC Academic nod after posting a team-leading .368 average and 38 runs. Wynn, majoring in psychology, was also named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District First Team and maintained over a 3.76 GPA last year.
Rounding out the team for Florida State was another sport management major, sophomore Terese Gober. Gober struck out 159 batters and finished the season with a 3.23 ERA.
All eight ACC schools that sponsor softball were represented on the 29-member team this year. Georgia Tech the league with six members while Florida State, Maryland and Virginia each placed five. North Carolina and 2008 ACC Champions Virginia Tech had three each while Boston College and North Carolina State each had one honoree.