April 27, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Following an eight-inning win Saturday night, the Florida State softball team dominated the field for five innings on Senior Day to clinch the series sweep with a 10-1 victory over NC State. With the win, FSU is now 36-23 and in third place in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 12-9 record.
The Seminoles have not sweep a series with the Wolfpack since their first meeting in 2004 when FSU won the two-game series at the Seminole Softball Complex. Florida State also took over the all-time series record which is now 9-7 in favor of the Garnet and Gold.
Recording win number 16 was Tiffany McDonald who was honored along side her fellow seniors in a special Senior Day ceremony before the start of the game. McDonald notched five strikeouts this afternoon, a relatively low number for the Seminole starter, and comes even closer to breaking the current career record of 899 held by FSU great Jessica van der Linden. McDonald needs just six strikeouts to tie and seven to move into first place in the record books.
Helping McDonald on offense was a familiar Seminole team that took control of the score board early in the first inning. Scoring the first run for FSU was sophomore team co-captain Carly Wynn who once again led her team going 2-for-2 with three runs and drawing only one walk that would come back to haunt NC State pitcher Mendy McKenzie.
Once Wynn was on base, she advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior Whitney Buckmon and would move up once again thanks to a passed ball by the Wolfpack catcher. Junior catcher Jessica Gilmore hit an RBI single right up the middle to get things started for the Noles. She would eventually move up on a base hit by senior Brittany Osmon and come around to score off a throwing error on the right fielder. With Osmon on second, sophomore Robin Ahrberg swung at the first pitch and cranked her fourth home run of the season and two RBI’s to put the Seminoles up 4-0.
Wynn, Buckmon, Gilmore, Osmon and freshman Kristie McConn all scored in the second to widen the gap to 9-0 Florida State. Senior Kelly Langston closed out the scoring as she hit an RBI single to left bringing home Wynn in the third. A late run in the fourth would put NC State on the board, but with no score in the fifth the game would end early in a 10-1 Seminole victory.
Florida State keeps the momentum going as they travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., on Wednesday, April 30, for a doubleheader with the Michigan Wolverines before heading in the ACC Championships on May 8-10 in College Park, Md.