March 8, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – Florida State returns home to host its final tournament, the FSU Invitational, and shutouts both Connecticut and Appalachian State Saturday, March 7, on JoAnne Graf Field at the Seminole Softball Complex. The Seminoles are now 14-9 after defeated the Huskies 7-0 and the Mountaineers 2-0.
Notching her third win of the season against UConn was senior Tiffany McDonald who struck-out 11 and gave up only three hits with zero walks and zero runs. McDonald now leads the Seminole pitching staff with a 1.40 season ERA and is tied for first with three shutouts.
Freshman and ACC Player of the Week (Feb. 18), Ashley Stager, pounded her first career home run against the Huskies in the bottom of the sixth to score the seventh run of the game and seal the win for FSU. Stager’s homer over the left field wall was one of two hits for the Trinity, Fla., native who went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI’s to bring her season average to .262.
Sophomore Carly Wynn also went 2-for-3 in game one, scoring one run and stealing two bases from UConn. The ACC leader in the hits category, Whitney Buckmon, got two hits, one RBI and scored one run for the Seminoles, bringing her total to 30 hits and a team-leading .385 average.
“Tiffany [McDonald] threw really well today,” Seminole head coach JoAnne Graf said. “I think we were able to get the jump on Connecticut early and I’m glad we were able to maintain it.”
With less than 30 minutes to prepare, the Seminoles headed into their second and last game of the day against the Appalachian State Mountaineers who suffered a 7-1 loss to Georgia State earlier in the day. The Mountaineers, who have won just one game all season, are 1-14 following the 2-0 shutout to Florida State.
Sophomore Terese Gober takes the win and nearly threw a no-hitter against Appalachian State. Gober, now 6-6 with a 1.85 ERA, gave up a single hit and struck out seven while allowing only two walks.
“Terese [Gober] also threw really well against App. State,” Graf said. “She did a good job at shutting them down early.”
Osmon led the Seminoles against the Mountaineers; going 2-for-3 with one run scored and is now batting .349 on the season. Ahrberg and fellow sophomore Camille Garcia each got one hit in two at-bats, with Garcia and freshman Kristie McConn recording the two RBI’s for FSU.
Stager scored the other run for Florida State and was hit by Appalachian State pitcher, Yancy Moose, twice in the second a sixth innings. Stager is tied with Buckmon at four for number of times each were hit by a pitch this season.
With two wins under their belt at the end of day one, the Seminoles will face Georgia State, also 2-0 in the tournament, at 12:15 p.m. on Sunday, followed by the championship rounds beginning at 2:30 p.m.
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