April 19, 2008
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Florida State softball split a doubleheader against Virginia Tech on the road at the Tech Softball Park in front of a crowd of over 1,100 on Saturday, April 19. The Seminoles fell 3-1 in game one but would break their six-game losing streak with a 2-0 shutout in round two, breaking the Hokie’s eight-game winning streak.
Senior pitcher Tiffany McDonald (14-9) struck out five Hokies in the victory, her eighth shutout this season, and now has 882 career strikeouts to move into third place on the all-time top ten list at FSU. The righty from Belfair, Wash., is now throwing a 1.57 ERA as she gave up just three runs and five walks this afternoon.
Scoring both runs for the garnet and gold was sophomore centerfielder Carly Wynn who went 1-for-2 with two walks. In the second inning, Wynn drew a walk off of Virginia Tech pitcher Kenzie Roark and then stole second. Junior Jessica Gilmore led the Seminoles with two hits, one of which was an RBI single that scored Wynn.
Florida State would clinch the win in the fifth as Wynn once again drew a walk, this time from the Hokie’s top pitcher Angela Tincher, and once again stole second. The Noles would get a little help from the umpires as Tincher was called on two illegal pitches that would advance Wynn to third and then home for the second run for FSU.
After two complete games, Florida State improves to 33-23 overall and 9-9 in the ACC while Virginia Tech moves to 38-11 and 15-2 in the conference. The win is the first for the Seminoles in the last six games as sophomore pitcher Terese Gober is credited with the 3-1 loss in game one of the doubleheader.
FSU will head back to Tallahassee to host its final conference series with NC State on April 26 and 27 on JoAnne Graf Field at the Seminole Softball Complex. Game one on Saturday will be the `Strikeout Breast Cancer’ game and senior day will take place on Sunday to honor the five seniors on this year’s Seminole squad.