Feb. 25, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ga. – The No. 21st-ranked Florida State softball team (9-5) totaled a season-high 13 hits, including 12 singles, against the Michigan State Spartans (1-4) and recorded a 4-1 victory in the second of three pool games at the prestigious 10th Annual Leadoff Classic Friday afternoon. Earlier in the day, the Seminoles knocked-off Lehigh, 5-1, and the Tribe will battle 13th-ranked Oklahoma Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Live stats and audio are available for the contest.
Freshman first baseman Brittany Osmon matched her fellow classmates today by leading the Seminoles at the plate, going 3-for-3. All her hits were singles. Earlier in the day, freshman Melissa Wood hit a grand slam against Lehigh and freshman Tiffany McDonald pitched a one-hit game, respectively.
For the second consecutive contest, senior third baseman Lesley Palmer tallied a multi-hit performance. She was 2-for-2 and had a walk. Junior left fielder Natasha Jacob and Wood earned also had two singles each, respectively.
Every field starter for Florida State registered at least one single.
The Seminoles started things out quick in the game and recorded two runs and six hits in their first outing at the plate. Buckmon doubled to left field, Veronica Wootson had a bunt single, senior shortstop Tatiana George got up and earned a one-run RBI single on the right side, then Osmon singled up the right side, and Wood had the sixth single of the inning on the next play. Three runners were left stranded at the end of the inning.
FSU got two more runs in the third and fifth innings. In the third, Palmer walked and Osmon singled to advance her. Wood got up to bat and had an RBI shot to center field and brought home Palmer. The final run was tallied in the fifth when Palmer got things started again with a single and pinch runner Carey Galuppi entered the contest in replace of Palmer. On the next play, Osmon singled in right field and moved Galuppi to third; Galuppi scored the fifth run on a wild pitch.
Michigan State’s only points on the scoreboard came in the top of the fifth inning when an FSU error scored a Spartan.
Pitcher Casey Hunter (4-4, 0.90 ERA) threw seven complete innings and allowed just three hits and no earned runs. Rachel Turney (1-3) was credited with the loss for the Spartans.