May 3, 2007
Florida State vs. North Florida (DH)
Friday, May 4 Tallahassee, Fla. 3 p.m.
JoAnne Graf Field at Seminole Softball Complex
First Pitch (What You Need To Know):
Continuing its run up to next week’s ACC Tournament, the Florida State softball team plays its final regular season home games of the year on Friday (May 4) in a 3 p.m. doubleheader against North Florida.
This will be the first meeting between the Seminoles and Ospreys since North Florida went to Division I play in 2006.
Florida State has won 12 of its last 13 contests after sweeping Troy on Wednesday. The Seminoles beat the Trojans, 5-2 and 4-2.
Coming into Friday’s doubleheader, Florida State has won ten home games in a row dating back to the second game of the UCF doubleheader (March 28). FSU has won at least 25 games at home in six of the last seven years.
First baseman Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) and outfielder Carly Wynn (Sharpsburg, Ga.) hit home runs at Troy to up FSU’s season total to 44, which ties the record set by the 2004 Women’s College World Series team.
Two-time All-American Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) had a hit and scored a run in game one at Troy. The run tied her with Brandi Stuart for second in ACC and FSU history at 192 career runs scored. The hit pulled her even her with Natasha Jacob for sixth in ACC lore and fourth in Seminole history at 271 hits.
Florida State moved up six spots to No. 33 in the latest RPI from the NFCA on Monday. FSU only has one loss outside the top 50 (Cal State Northridge).
FSU At Home One More Time Before ACC’s With North Florida
Returning home for the first time in 12 days, the Florida State softball team plays its final regular season home games on Friday (May 4) when it plays host to North Florida in a 3 p.m. doubleheader. This will be the first meeting between the Seminoles (40-20) and Ospreys (32-21) since UNF joined the Division I ranks in 2006. Both games of the doubleheader can be heard live through streaming internet radio.
Ospreys Bring Balanced Team To Town
While two players stand out at the plate and in the circle, North Florida is getting contributions from a number of players. While second baseman Gwen Williams is tops on the squad with a .381 average, nine home runs, 35 runs and 41 RBIs, UNF has six players hitting .280 or better. In the circle, Devyn Findlay leads the way with a 1.54 ERA, 16-5 record and 141 strikeouts, but the staff has an ERA of 2.08 and no pitcher has an ERA above 3.00. While this is North Florida’s first games at JoAnne Graf Field, it’s not the Ospreys first trip to Tallahassee as they took part in the 2006 FSU Invitational.
Seminole Equal Home Run Mark At Troy
Anytime a Florida State team can be mentioned in the same sentence as the 2004 WCWS squad it’s something notable. The two home runs by Brittany Osmon and Carly Wynn that supplied all of FSU’s offense in the 5-3 win over Troy gave FSU 44 home runs on the year to tie the `04 squad for the single-season record. So far this year ten players have hit at least one home run and six have three or more, the most in school history.
McDonald Sets New Save Mark
By throwing the final two and two-thirds inning in game two at Troy, Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) recorded her eighth career save to take over the top spot in FSU history. Coming into the game she was tied with Casey Hunter. McDonald needs three more to break into the NCAA career top-25. Pitching coach Megan Matthews Buning is tied for eighth in NCAA history with 16 career saves. The right-hander was 17th in the country with her 1.17 ERA in the latest weekly NCAA rankings.
News And Notes…
When the NCAA stats came out on Tuesday, FSU was sixth at 0.50 double plays per game, 10th at 0.28 triples, and 14th with its 1.60 staff ERA. Veronica Wootson checked in at No. 30 at 0.55 stolen bases and Robin Ahrberg (Stillwater, Okla.) is also 30th with 0.29 sacrifices per game … Since 1984, Florida State is 32-5 on the final home date of the regular season … First baseman Brittany Osmon has hit a home run in each of her last three games. She has more home runs this year (five), than she had in her first two seasons (four) …. Yuruby Alicart pushed her career-best hitting streak to 11 games with a single in the third inning of game two at Troy. The longest this year by a Seminole is 15 from Wootson … The 40 regular season wins – the 26th 40-win season in school history – is the most since the 2004 squad won 54 going into the ACC Tournament. FSU has won at least 40 regular season games in six of the last eight seasons.