March 11, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – The 18-9 Florida State softball team swept a doubleheader with Connecticut on JoAnne Graf Field Tuesday, March 11. The Seminoles won both games 2-1 and extend their winning streak to seven this season.
ACC Pitcher of the Week, Tiffany McDonald, struck out nine in the first victory, giving up just one earned run and one walk. The senior improves to 5-1 on the season and continues to lead the pitching staff with her 1.08 ERA.
Going yard for the second time in four days was freshman Ashley Stager. With UConn’s Jillian Ortega knocking a home run out of the park early in the first inning, the Seminole shortstop answered with one of her own high over the right field wall. Stager, now batting .264, recorded her first home run of the season on March 8 against the Huskies in the FSU Invitational. She also led the offense in game one, going 2-for-3, scoring both runs and notching one RBI.
Freshman Brittany Joseph had a breakout performance against UConn as she notched her first hit as a Seminole. The Laurel, De., native went 2-for-3, pounding a double into left center. Playing at second in game two, Joseph again went 2-for-3 to kick-start her average at .167.
Also making strong plays on offense were sophomores Carly Wynn, who went 2-for-3 and scored one run in the first game, and Camille Garcia, whose sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the seventh brought in the winning run in game two. The play that clinched the victory for FSU earlier in the day was a walk off single by junior Jessica Gilmore, who is now hitting .253 with five RBI’s.
Freshman Sarah Hamilton was credited with the second victory of the evening, improving to 5-1 with a 1.83 ERA. Sophomore Terese Gober started the game and threw four strikeouts and gave up the only earned run the Huskies would pull off.
The Seminoles head to Charlottesville, Va., for the second round of conference play against the Virginia Cavaliers on March 14 and 15. Virginia is currently tied for second in the ACC with a 2-1 league record. Florida State leads the all-time series with the Cavaliers, 56-15, and has taken four of the last five contests.