April 5, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – It was a long trip from Tallahassee, Fla., to College Park, Md., for Florida State softball as inclement weather in the Atlanta area prevented the team from making its connection on Friday night. The Seminoles eventually made it to Maryland just after five in the morning on Saturday following a 13 hour layover in the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
With the start times for the doubleheader against the Terrapins pushed back to 3:00 p.m. on April 5, the Seminoles were unable to shake off their jet lag as they fell 3-1 in game one. The loss is the first for FSU on the road at a non-neutral site.
Tiffany McDonald was credited with the 3-1 loss after giving up six hits, three earned runs and striking out seven Terrapins. McDonald’s record moves to 13-4 and her ERA slips slightly to 1.15 on the season.
The Terps got out to a slight 1-0 lead after two and would extend that to 3-1 off a two-RBI home run from heavy-hitter Brittany Bessho in the bottom of the sixth. Seminole freshman Ashley Stager would score the lone run for FSU off an RBI single by junior Jessica Gilmore in the top of six with zero outs. A strikeout and double play would end the inning.
Florida State was down but not out as game two was underway with Seminole freshman Sarah Hamilton controlling the mound. Hamilton, who entered the weekend with a 7-1 record and impressive 1.48 ERA, struck out one batter while giving up no runs on three hits and no walks. She is now pitching a 1.38 ERA, second to McDonald, with a near flawless 8-1 record after the 3-0 shutout.
With a 3-0 lead, veteran pitcher Terese Gober entered the lineup for FSU in the bottom of the fifth and struck out five while giving up no hits and no walks after facing only nine Terrapin batters.
Leading the offense after two complete games was senior Whitney Buckmon who hit safely in both, going 2-for-6 with a .333 average on the day. Overall, seven Seminoles recorded hits against Maryland and on top with a pair of RBI’s was designated player Allison Collins. Stager, who scored two runs this evening, and Gilmore would round-out the RBI’s for FSU
The Seminoles complete the series with Maryland on Sunday, April 6, at 12:00 noon at the Robert Taylor Stadium on the campus of the University of Maryland. The game will be available through Game Tracker’s live stats and will be video streamed live through CBS College Sports Pay Per View. Log onto www.Seminoles.com for more information.