April 6, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – On the first televised game this season for Florida State, the Seminoles were unable to hold onto a one-run lead as Maryland clinched the win with a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh, taking the game in a 4-3 decision. The garnet and gold struggled in College Park and took just one of the three games against the Terps. The overall record for FSU is now 31-15 and 7-5 in the ACC, while Maryland improves to 27-10 and 3-6 in the conference.
It was one of the coldest days the Seminoles have seen this season and perhaps one of the wettest as puddles plagued the outfield and warning track. Despite the less than ideal conditions, Florida State was able to score first in the second inning as junior Jessica Gilmore reached second on her second double this year to left center. She would earn the first run for FSU after sophomore Carly Wynn knocked a nice single to right field.
Not one to be outdone, the Terrapins answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead. The scoring would cease until the top of the fifth when Florida State took control of the offense.
Senior Whitney Buckmon was first to reach base in the fifth, hitting in the second hole. With Wynn on first, Buckmon hit to the second baseman who collided with Wynn as she tried to advance; Wynn would be called out for interference as Buckmon reached base on a fielder’s choice. With Brittany Osmon at the plate, Buckmon was able to get into scoring position as she stole her 18 base this season. Osmon, always a threat on offense, shot a hard double to left center that would score Buckmon and record the first baseman’s 37 RBI of the season.
With the score tied, Osmon would push the garnet and gold ahead by one as she scored off a single hit towards the shortstop by Monica Montez. That would wrap-up the scoring for the Seminoles as they would hold Maryland scoreless heading into the sixth.
No runs would cross in the sixth, giving Florida State just six outs to secure the win. Two Seminole batters would reach base on hit by pitches in the top of the seventh, but none would score as Maryland now had three outs to make a comeback.
The Terrapins did just that as the first batter would reach first on a single, followed by a hit by pitch to put runners on first and second. A sacrifice bunt by Jenny Belak would move runners into scoring position with Alex Schultz striking out in the fourth hole.
Florida State was one out away from the win, as Maryland’s Sarde Stewart stepped to the plate. Fouling off the first pitch, Sarde would face a 3-1 count before taking another swing that would send a two-RBU single into centerfield and give the Terps their second win of the weekend.
Credited with the second loss of the weekend was senior Tiffany McDonald who led the game with six strikeouts and only two walks. McDonald’s record slips to 13-5 but her 1.32 ERA continues to top the Seminole pitching staff.
Wynn led the game, going 3-for-3 with one RBI and a weekend average of .400 to top the Seminole squad. Freshman Ashley Stager, 1-for-3 against the Terps today, hit .333 after three games on top of being hit by a pitch for the ninth time on Sunday.
Florida State will have to shake off the two losses as the team heads to Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday, April 9, for a doubleheader against the University of Central Florida. The Seminoles split with the Golden Knights in Tallahassee last season and lead the all-time series 9-2. First pitch is set for 4:00 p.m. and the game will be available live on internet radio and through Game Tracker live stats on Seminoles.com.