Feb. 25, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ga. -The No. 21st-ranked Florida State Seminoles softball team relied on two freshmen to guide it past Lehigh University, 5-1, in the first of three pool games at the 10th Annual NFCA Leadoff Classic at the South Commons Complex Friday morning. The win improved FSU to 8-5 on the season and the Mountain Hawks dropped to 0-1.
Freshman hurler Tiffany McDonald picked up her fifth win of the season (5-0, 0.71 ERA) after throwing four complete innings, allowing just one hit, before ace Casey Hunter entered in the top of the fifth inning and earned the save thanks to three perfect innings. Of the nine batters she faced, Hunter retired five of them and gave up no hits or walks.
McDonald has pitched five games in her young rookie career and three of the outings have been one-hitters.
The game presented a first: with Lehigh in front 1-0, freshman designated player Melissa Wood registered a grand slam to left center, which was the first time any FSU player went yard this season. Senior third baseman Lesley Palmer singled in the fourth and advanced senior shortstop Tatiana George who had reached on a walk. On the next at bat, freshman first baseman Brittany Osmon took a free base with a walk and loaded up the bases before Wood went to work. She fouled off two deep balls before connecting on the third try.
For the game, FSU had seven hits and two errors. The final run of the contest was scored in the bottom of the seventh when LaShaun Davis reached on a single and junior Carey Galuppi moved her to second on a sacrifice bunt. Davis then stole third and scored when freshman Whitney Buckmon attained a base on an error by the third baseman.
Palmer was the only multi-hit Seminole (2); five other Tribe members tallied one, respectively.
Florida State continues pool play against Michigan State (Friday, 2:30 p.m.) before facing No. 13 Oklahoma Saturday at noon. Following the games, brackets will be determined. Live stats and audio are available for the remaining FSU games.