March 9, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – Florida State wins the 2008 FSU Invitational with a 3-0 win over Georgia State in the championship game. The Seminoles were undefeated over the weekend with the pitching staff throwing shut outs in all four games. The last time FSU won its own invitational was in 2004 when the ladies won all six games, with five shut outs and only one run allowed. That series is also the last time the Seminoles won four straight no-run games.
Leading the team on the mound in the first game with Georgia State was senior Tiffany McDonald who threw 12 strikeouts and allowed just two hits and no walks. McDonald is now 4-1 on the season with a staff-high 1.09 ERA and four shutouts.
The Seminoles pulled off their solo run in the bottom of the sixth as All-Tournament team member Ashley Stager pounded a double to the center field wall to bring Robin Ahrberg home with two outs on the board. The Panthers would try to answer in the seventh, but were unsuccessful and suffered their first lost of the weekend.
Jessica Gilmore led the offense in the 1-0 victory, going 2-for-3 and notching 12 put-outs at the catcher position. Stager, Carly Wynn and Monica Montez all went 1-for-3 while tournament MVP, senior Brittany Osmon, knocked a triple into center and finished the game 1-for-2.
Florida State would face Georgia State one last time on Sunday in the championship round as the No. 1 and No. 2 teams, respectively. This time, the Panthers would have to face local celebrity, Sarah Hamilton, on the mound.
Hamilton, the lone freshman on the pitching staff, clinched the win for Florida State as she struck out nine and gave up only five hits to the Panthers. Her record improves to 4-1 as she pitched her fourth complete game and second career shutout.
Osmon would earn her MVP status in the 3-0 title game. The first baseman had a perfect 3-for-3 game, including a solo home run over the right field wall, and drove in all three RBI’s for the Seminoles. The lefty leads her team with .382 average and is tied for second with four home runs.
Florida State is 2-0 in home tournaments when Osmon hits a home run. The San Diego, Calif., native cranked her first homer of the year at the Early Bird Tournament to win the championship game against Louisville on February 9.
In addition to Osmon, Gilmore and Stager, McDonald and sophomore Carly Wynn were also named to the All-Tournament team. Wynn had an impressive showing on defense all weekend as she made some tricky plays to shut down the offense for Georgia State.
#2 Georgia State (2-2)
Catherine Lee (Fr. – C)
Danielle Roddy (So. – 3B)
Lily Skelton (So. – DP)
#3 Connecticut (2-2)
Jillian Ortega (Jr. – SS)
#4 Appalachian State (0-4)
Katie Boyd (Fr. – C)
Coming up this week for Florida State will be a doubleheader with Connecticut on Tuesday, March 11, starting at 2:00 p.m. at the Seminole Softball Complex. Following the home series, the team heads to Charlottesville, Va., for the second weekend of ACC competition against the Virginia Cavaliers beginning Friday, March 14.