May 16, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Following an exciting 5-3 extra-inning win over Chattanooga, Florida State was eliminated from the NCAA Regional after falling 10-1 in five to Jacksonville State. Seminole pitcher Tiffany McDonald notched a single-game high 17 K’s in the win and now holds the FSU all-time strikeout record with 939.
The Garnet and Gold came out fighting in game one on Friday against the Chattanooga Lady Mocs after dropping to Jacksonville State on Thursday. FSU was on the board in the second as Jessica Gilmore scored off a nice bunt single from junior Michelle Snyder. The Seminoles extended their lead to 2-0 in the third as Whitney Buckmon scoring off an RBI single from fellow senior Brittany Osmon.
The Lady Mocs refused to give up as they tied it up with a two-RBI homer from first baseman Michelle Fuzzard in the bottom of the seventh, dragging the game into extra innings.
FSU answered in the top of the eighth, scoring three earned runs off a Gilmore single and a single to left from freshman Ashley Stager. Chattanooga would crank another homer in the bottom of the inning, but McDonald’s 17th strikeout plus two ground-outs would end the game and advance the Seminoles on to play JSU in a re-match.
The win is the third extra-inning victory for FSU this year as the Seminoles remain undefeated against Chattanooga, notching their eighth win all-time.
Much like Thursday’s game, Florida State started out with a slight lead after scoring Stager on an error by the Gamecock’s catcher. Unfortunately, that would be the only run FSU would take from its opponents as Jacksonville State dominated the last three innings.
Junior south paw Melissa May would take the loss, her third this season, after giving up five runs, two earned, in 3.1 innings pitched. Sophomore Terese Gober entered in the bottom of the fourth to relieve, but after giving three runs and no strikeouts, veteran McDonald was called from the bullpen in hopes of a save. She would give up two runs, one earned, on two hits and one strikeout before JSU clinched the win with a two-run homer from pinch hitter Alana Hicks.
The two losses to the Gamecocks are the first in the all-time series for FSU in six meetings. The Seminoles have outscored JSU 29-18 overall.
As the season comes to an end for Florida State, three seniors will leave their mark in the record books. McDonald is now No. 1 all-time with 939 strikeouts, No. 2 with 163 appearances and No. 2 after 898.9 innings pitched. Osmon is now No. 3 with 1,204 putouts, tied for No. 6 with 17 home runs and No. 6 with 166 RBI’s. Buckmon is also in the books at No. 7 with 73 stolen bases in her career.