March 18, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – Back home after a three-game sweep at Virginia, the Florida State softball team won the doubleheader against Lipscomb on JoAnne Graf Field at the Seminole Softball Complex on Tuesday, March 18. Game one was taken in a 5-1 decision and the second game was stopped early as the Seminoles scored 11 on the Lady Bisons to end it after five, 11-3. The pair of victories extends the Seminoles’ winning streak to 12 and their season record to 23-9.
“We had to take care of Lipscomb, they are a good ball club,” head coach JoAnne Graf said. “I was real pleased with their focus and the way they hit the ball early tonight.”
Sophomore Carly Wynn went 3-for-3 with two runs in game one and was 1-for-1 with one RBI and three runs scored in the second victory against the Lady Bisons. Wynn is now batting a .340 average.
Also recording hits in both games was senior Whitney Buckmon who went 3-for-4 in game one and 2-for-2 with two runs and a three RBI triple in game two. Buckmon moves back to the top of the Seminole squad with her .415 average and 39 hits. Tying Buckmon with 21 runs is fellow senior Brittany Osmon who was 3-for-5 after both games against Lipscomb and is currently second on the team with an impressive .404 average. Osmon continues to lead the team in RBIs with 30 and five home runs.
In the 5-1 victory in game one, the top four batters (Wynn, Buckmon, Osmon and Robin Ahrberg) went 9-for-15 and accounted for nine of the 12 hits and three of the five runs. Those Seminole heavy hitters returned in game two along with freshman Ashley Stager and recorded eight if the 10 hits, scored eight runs and contributed four RBIs.
With 12-straight wins under their belt, the Seminoles are headed into the final tournament of the season in Fullerton, Calif., this weekend. The Judi Garman Classic will showcase some of the top teams in the nation, including No. 1 Arizona State and No. 7 Arizona. Florida State will face-off against the Arizona State Sun Devils on Thursday, March 20 at 9:00 a.m. PST to kick-off the five-game event.
“We’re all excited about playing some top-five teams out in California,” Graf said. “We need the wins right now. It’s going to be tough for us to go out there and win some games, but as always, we will give it a good shot. I believe there is a good chance we could upset some people.”
Stay tuned to Seminoles.com throughout the weekend for score updates from the Judi Garman Classic, March 20-22.