March 20, 2008
FULLERTON, CALIF. – In one of the most exciting games of the season, the Florida State softball team defeated No. 1 Arizona State 3-2 at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif. Senior Brittany Osmon swung for the fences to seal the deal in the sixth for the Seminoles who improve to 24-9. This is the second loss of the season for the Sun Devils who are now 31-2.
It was Osmon’s sixth home run this season, tying her single season best from 2007, as she went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI. She improves her average to .413, topping the Seminole team.
“Arizona State is a great team,” head coach JoAnne Graf said. “I think it’s a big step for our kids, just confidence wise, to see that they can play with the best team in the country.”
Although the Sun Devils struck first with a 1-0 lead after three complete innings, it was the lefty first baseman that put FSU on the board. Osmon knocked a single to right field and would advance to third on an Arizona State error. With no outs, designated player, Robin Ahrberg, grounded out to the second baseman which allowed Osmon to tie it up.
“Even when they scored we came back,” Graf said. “I think the kids played composed and never let Arizona State have a big inning.”
The Sun Devils would take a 2-1 lead off a single home run from Kristen Miller who was the leadoff batter for ASU in the bottom of the fifth. Florida State’s Carly Wynn started things off for FSU in the sixth, reaching first on a single hit towards the pitcher. Senior Whitney Buckmon would strike out swinging with Osmon stepping to the plate. Osmon would swing and miss the first two pitches she got before clinching the win with her two-run homer over the right center wall.
“The big two-run home run by Brittany Osmon was phenomenal,” Graf said. “She’s having a great season, and I hope it continues.”
Notching her eighth-straight victory was Florida State’s Tiffany McDonald, now 9-1 on the year, who allowed three hits and gave up three runs, two of them earned, and struck out six Sun Devils.
“Tiffany did a great job,” Graf said. “I think she really stepped up a level today. She never let Arizona State get a big inning on us.”
The Seminoles last win against ASU was at the Judi Garman Classic in 2006 in a game that went to 10 innings with FSU coming out with the 1-0 victory. The Sun Devils were ranked No. 10 in that meeting.
Next up for Florida State will be No. 20 Long Beach State. The Seminoles are 3-1 against The Beach with the only loss dating back to the 1996 season. Game time is set for 3:30 p.m. Pacific Time and will be available on GameTracker.