April 18, 2008
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Florida State softball suffered its fourth shutout this season at the hands of Virginia Tech in a 3-0 loss in Blacksburg, Va., on Friday, April 18 in front of a crowd of over 800. The Seminoles now trail the all-time series 5-7 against the Hokies as they slip to 32-22 and 8-8 in the ACC this year.
Freshman Ashley Stager and sophomore Robin Ahrberg prevented Tech’s Angela Tincher from recording a no-hitter as each put down one apiece. Stager was also hit by a pitch to bring her season total to 13 so far.
Credited with the loss was Tiffany McDonald, her sixth-straight, who is now throwing a 1.65 ERA. The senior righty struck out four Hokies and gave up three runs, two earned, on seven hits while walking two. The last victory for McDonald, now 13-9 on the year, came on March 30 as she threw a 6-0 shutout against fellow ACC opponent Boston College.
Virginia Tech got out to an early 2-0 lead in the third. With the bases loaded, Charisse Mariconda would hit an RBI single that would fly high over Seminole first baseman Brittany Osmon’s glove to score Anna Zitt from second. Mariconda would advance to second on the throw by Monica Montez that also would score Erin Ota.
The Hokies scored their final run in the sixth on a throwing error from Osmon, her ninth this season. Florida State had runners in scoring position three times but was unable to bring them home; senior Whitney Buckmon would be the only Seminole to reach third after seven innings.
The garnet and gold will close-out the three game series against the Hokies with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 12:00 noon. Catch all the action live through Game Tracker live stats and listen to the internet radio broadcast on Seminoles.com.