Feb. 20, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Freshman pitcher Tiffany McDonald, freshman first baseman Brittany Osmon and sophomore second baseman and NFCA All-American Veronica Wootson were named to the 2005 Sunshine State All-Tournament team, officials announced today. Syracuse won the tournament title with a 10-3 decisive victory over South Carolina Sunday morning at the Seminole Softball Complex.
McDonald, a native of Belfair, Wash., had an impressive weekend in the circle, allowing just three hits (all singles), and no earned runs in 9.1 innings. Furthermore, her opponents managed a low .097 batting average when facing her. Against Southeastern Louisiana, McDonald recorded a one-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts.
Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) continued her outstanding rookie campaign over the weekend, going 4-for-11 at the plate (.364), slugging a team-best .667, and registering a triple, 4 RBIs, 4 walks, and 16 putouts. With FSU down 3-1 to the Orange in the top of the sixth inning Friday night, Osmon hit a two-run triple that gave the Seminoles the lead at the time. Florida State would eventually go into extra innings and win the ball game.
Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) had perhaps the most stellar performance of any Seminole on both sides of the ball this weekend. She fielded a perfect 1.000, and hit a team-high .462 (6-13). Wootson had 4 RBIs, 7 total bases, and a .538 slugging percentage. In the extra inning game against Syracuse Friday, she tallied three hits and two runs batted in to lead the FSU offense to a 5-4 win over the Orange.
In the first round of the playoffs, Syracuse eliminated top-seeded Florida State, a squad that swept through the first three games of the tournament and entered the contest with a 3-0 record. The Orange defeated the Seminoles, 2-1, thanks to a two-out homerun in the top of the fifth inning. Meanwhile, the Gamecocks upended Southeastern Louisiana in the other bracket, 7-1, to advance to the championship contest. In the final match-up, Syracuse was up 8-0 and needed just two outs in order to run-rule the game and pitcher Courtney Mosch had a perfect performance under her belt. However, a walk and errors in the bottom of the fifth by Syracuse scored three Gamecocks and forced the teams to finish out the remaining innings. No remaining USC players scored, and the Orange escaped with a 10-3 victory. Syracuse hit three homeruns in the final game.
Syracuse 10… 12… 1
South Carolina 3… 1…. 0