April 12, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Returning home for the first time since April 2, the Florida State softball team split a doubleheader with Georgia Tech on Saturday, April 12, on JoAnne Graf Field. The Seminoles dropped a 5-2 decision in the early game but bounced back to take the second round 10-2 in five innings. The garnet and gold improve to 32-18 overall and 8-6 in the ACC while the Yellow Jackets move to 20-27 and 3-10.
Credited with her ninth win this season was sophomore Terese Gober who gave up just two runs, one earned, on three hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Leading the Seminoles on offense in the win was sophomore Robin Ahrberg who went a perfect 3-for-3 with three RBI’s and one run scored.
After two complete games, senior Whitney Buckmon topped the Seminole squad as she went 6-for-8 with four runs scored. Ahrberg was 3-for-5 with three RBI’s, sophomore Carly Wynn recorded three hits in seven at bats with two runs and a double, Jessica Gilmore was 2-for-5 with a team-high four RBI’s and one triple and freshman Ashley Stager rounded out the top five after putting down two hits, one double and a single RBI.
Earlier in the day, the Seminoles were on the board in the first inning as Buckmon scored off an error by Georgia Tech’s catcher and fellow senior Brittany Osmon crossed the plate with help from an RBI triple hit to right center by Jessica Gilmore.
With FSU up 2-0, only three Yellow Jacket batters would step to the plate in the top of the second before a dark cloud of Florida rain would cause over an hour and a half delay. As the raindrops began to fall, the Seminole pitcher Tiffany McDonald would struggle with the wet conditions and advance two batters on a hit by pitch call before the officials called for the delay.
Leading the garnet and gold in the first game was Buckmon who was a perfect 4-for-4 with one run scored. Also recording hits was Wynn, Gilmore and Monica Montez who were all 1-for-4.
As a team, Florida State hit a .392 average in 52 at bats after 12 innings against Georgia Tech in the split. FSU Starting pitcher McDonald suffered her fourth-straight loss in game one as her record slips to 13-7 and her ERA to 1.44.
The Seminoles will finish up the three-game series with Georgia Tech at noon on Sunday which is Easton Youth Day at the Seminole Softball Complex. A post-game youth skill clinic will be held on the field with the team as well as an autograph session for all the young fans.