March 13, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
After a rough stretch in which she lost three-straight games, Florida State pitcher Tiffany McDonald is back to the form that made her one of the top pitchers in the ACC last year. McDonald limited Southern Mississippi to just two hits and struck out 12 batters as the No. 25 Seminoles defeated the Golden Eagles, 2-0, on Tuesday (March 14) in game one of their doubleheader.
Florida State ran its record to 19-8 with the victory. Southern Miss fell to 6-18.
Bouncing back from the tough 2-1 loss to No. 21 Georgia on Sunday was McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) as she improved to 6-5. The righty threw her third shutout of the year as she went the distance for the eighth time with the dozen strikeouts and two walks. The loss dropped USM’s Samantha Davis to 0-2.
Leading the Seminoles offensively was first baseman Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) as she went 2-for-2 with a walk and an RBI. Shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) and catcher Robin Ahrberg (Stillwater, Okla.) reached base twice with a base hit and a walk. Alicart scored the eventual game-winning run.
A leadoff walk brought the first run of the game across the plate in the second inning. Alicart started the frame with the free pass then advanced all the way to third on a single by Ahrberg. A double to the gap in left field by Osmon scored Alicart with the first run.
Three innings later the Seminoles tacked on another run to take a 2-0 lead. Center fielder Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) Buckmon led off with a walk and stole second base. One out later, Player of the Year candidate Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) delivered a double to the alley in left field to score Buckmon. The double was the 34th of her career and moved her into sole possession of fifth place in school history.
The two runs were more than enough for McDonald. After the second inning she retired 15 of the last 17 batters she faced. Included in that stretch was five-straight strikeouts
Florida State is on the road the rest of the week as they travel to the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif. The Seminoles pool features No.7 Michigan, No. 13 Washington and Cal State Northridge.