July 11, 2007
GREENSBORO, N.C. –
Striving to be the best extends to off the field for the Florida State softball team as the Seminoles are also one of the top teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference academically. Florida State tied Georgia Tech for a conference-best six selections to the All-ACC Academic Softball Team as announced by the league office.
Making the list for the Seminoles was freshman catcher Robin Ahrberg (Stillwater, Okla.), senior catcher Brittany Krbec (Orlando, Fla.), sophomore pitcher Melissa May (San Diego, Calif.), junior pitcher Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.), junior first baseman Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) and freshman outfielder Carly Wynn (Sharpsburg, Ga.).
“First and foremost academics is the number one priority of our student-athletes,” FSU head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said. “As much as the girls get from playing softball, in the end nothing means more than the degree they get from Florida State. Our players do a great job of prioritizing their time and getting their school work done and these six set the standard.”
To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during her academic career.
A social science major, Ahrberg started 55 of 59 games played during her first year with the Seminoles. She hit .268 with 25 RBIs and a team-best 14 sacrifice bunts. Ahrberg hit .444 during the ACC Tournament to earn All-Tournament honors. She was also named to the Seminole Classic All-Tournament Team.
Despite being at Florida State for only a year, Krbec made an immediate impact on the team. Splitting time between catcher and designated player, the biological science major was third on the team with 28 RBIs. A member of the Sunshine State and Seminole Classic All-Tournament teams, Krbec will graduate this fall.
The Seminoles’ only repeat selection was May, a child development major who was also a Second-Team CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection. She posted a team-best 1.82 ERA that ranked her third in the conference while also rating in the league’s top ten for shutouts (4th – five), innings pitched (7th – 4.77), complete games (7th – 12) and opponent batting average (10th – .236).
The leader in the circle for the FSU pitching staff, McDonald is poised to end her career as one of the top pitchers in school history. Going into her senior year, the special education major ranks on the FSU career charts for saves (1st – eight), appearances (4th – 131), innings pitched (6th – 699.0) and strikeouts (6th – 695). This season she earned Second-Team All-ACC honors as she was ranked in the Top 10 of all nine league pitching categories, including fourth with a 1.92 ERA.
Over the last three years Osmon has been a fixture at first baseman for the Seminoles. This year was her best at the plate as she posted career-highs with a .303 batting average, six home runs, 23 runs scored, .587 slugging percentage and .437 on-base percentage. The math education major goes into her senior year looking to crack the FSU career home runs, doubles and slugging percentage.
Majoring in business, Wynn got her Florida State career off to a great start by earning Second-Team NFCA All-Southeast Region honors. The rookie finished third on the team with a .336 batting average as she started 48 games in center field. Wynn was at her best during conference games, finishing second in the ACC with six doubles and 10th at 18 hits.
Florida State advanced to its 20th NCAA Tournament – the sixth-highest total ever – and posted its 26th 40-win season with a 44-25 record. The Seminoles return seven positions starters and all three starting pitchers for next season.