February 29, 2008 - by
Florida State Finishes Day One Of NFCA Leadoff Classic 2-0

Feb. 29, 2008

Final Stats

Columbus, Ga. – In their first road tournament of the season, the Seminole softball team shutout UMass and Hofstra 6-0 and 1-0, respectively, at the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga. Florida State improves to 11-7 with senior pitcher Tiffany McDonald notching her first win against the Minutewomen of UMass.

“We’re really glad we were able to hold both UMass and Hofstra scoreless,” Seminole head coach JoAnne Graf said. “Both of those teams were regional teams last season and are very good offensively this year. We got two big wins today.”

Taking the win against UMass was McDonald, now 1-0, who struck out nine, walked four, recorded two assists and allowed only two hits in seven innings.

Credited with the loss against FSU was sophomore Bailey Sanders who allowed five runs, none of them earned, and truck out just three Seminoles after being relieved in the top of the third. Coming in for Sanders was junior Brandice Balschmiter who gave up the only earned run of the game while striking out seven in five innings.

Seniors Whitney Buckmon and Brittany Osmon, sophomore Carly Wynn and freshman Ashley Stager all went 1-for-3 in the win, with Buckmon and Osmon notching one RBI apiece. Sophomore Monica Montez also drove in an RBI as she went 1-for-2 against the Minutewomen.

The Seminoles had very little turn-around time as they headed straight into the match-up with Hofstra, a team that had been receiving votes in the USA Today/NFCA Top-25 weekly poll.

Terese Gober would take the win in the 1-0 shutout against the Pride, striking out 10 and allowing just two hits. The sophomore pitcher is now 5-5 on the season with 71 strikeouts and a 1.86 ERA.

Buckmon would lead FSU on offense, going 1-for-3 and scoring the solo run in the bottom of the first on an error by Hofstra’s first baseman. Wynn, Montez and sophomore Robin Ahrberg would also record hits in the win.

The Pride loaded the bases early in the first inning off two singles and a walked batter, but would not succeed in a run. The batter in the fourth hole struck out as Carolann Lubach stepped up to the plate. Lubach would hit a ground ball to Gober who threw to catcher Jessica Gilmore, turning a double play to get runners on third and first.

In the 1-0 win, the Seminoles recorded one run, two hits and one error and held Hofstra to no runs, two hits with two errors.

Florida State heads into tough competition on Saturday, taking on No. 4 Tennessee first, followed by No. 2 Texas A&M at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively. The Seminoles are 0-1 against the Lady Vols and tied the series with the Aggies 4-4.

Log on to Seminoles.com as the first game of the day will be available on internet radio while both match-ups can be followed on Game Tracker.

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