April 30, 2008
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Florida State fought hard against the No. 6 Michigan Wolverines, but would fall 6-2 in game one of the Wednesday doubleheader. The Seminoles’ Tiffany McDonald struck out five batters to move closer to breaking the all-time career strikeout record at Florida State. She now needs just two more before the end of the year to take over the No. 1 spot currently held by Jessica van der Linden with 899.
Michigan was on the board in the second, scoring Maggie Viefhaus on an RBI single from lead-off hitter Alessandra Giampaolo with the bases loaded. Florida State would not reach bas until the top of the third as junior Michelle Snyder drew a walk off Jordan Taylor with one out.
Junior Jessica Gilmore notched the first hit for the Seminoles in the top of the fourth as she pounded one to the right fielder with Brittany Osmon stepping up to the plate. Osmon leads the Seminoles with 41 RBI’s and would ground out to the first baseman, placing Gilmore in scoring position. A questionable strike zone would prevent FSU from scoring as Robin Ahrberg struck out to end the inning for the Garnet and Gold.
Freshman shortstop Ashley Stager made a nice decision to tag out the runner on third and allow the batter to reach on a fielder’s choice, preventing Michigan from scoring. Regardless, with two outs the Wolverines managed to extend their lead to 2-0 as Teddi Ewing scored from second on another RBI single by Giampaolo.
Florida State would get on the board in the sixth as two runs would close the gap to 4-2 in favor of Michigan. Sophomore Carly Wynn started off the inning with a solid single to right field with Whitney Buckmon on deck. A Buckmon singled bunt would place Wynn in scoring position and both would move up as Gilmore put down a sacrifice bunt. With runners on second and third, Michigan’s pitcher would make the mistake of throwing a wild pitch that scored Wynn and move Buckmon to third. An error on the catcher on the same play brought Buckmon home and prevented the shutout.
Despite their efforts, the Seminoles would not score again as the Wolverines pushed away in the sixth and scored two more to seal the win, final score 6-2 as both teams head into the second game of the doubleheader.