March 22, 2008
FULLERTON, CALIF. – A satisfying end to the Judi Garman Classic on March 22 included a stellar 4-1 win over tournament host Cal State Fullerton. The four RBI came courtesy of two home runs from Kristie McConn and Carly Wynn. The Seminoles remain flawless on the road with their seventh road win and improve to 25-12 overall, while the Titans drop to 16-15-1.
“I am really proud of the win tonight,” head coach JoAnne Graf said. “I think we really learned a lot after these five games and the team improved with every game we played.”
McConn kick-started the scoring for FSU in the top of the second with two outs and fellow freshman Ashley Stager on third. On a 1-2 count, McConn took a strong swing and watched the ball fly far to left field, nearing foul territory. As Stager was sent home by coach Graf, McConn stopped short at second as the ball ricocheted off the foul pole and landed back onto the field; she thought it was simply a double. Much to the surprise of the freshman second baseman, it was indeed a home run, her first as a Seminole, and she continued home where her teammates were waiting to give their congrats.
With Florida State in the lead 2-1, pitcher Tiffany McDonald worked on keeping it that way as she held the Titans scoreless the remainder of the game. McDonald, now 10-3, gave up just one earned run on eight hits while striking out six and walking zero. The senior continues to lead the pitching staff with a 1.25 ERA and is in a close second behind Terese Gober with 103 strikeouts in 13 appearances.
Florida State would seal the deal with the second two RBI homer of the game from sophomore Carly Wynn, her second this year. Stepping to the plate, Wynn was advised by Graf to try a different bat than her usual, which was heavier. With a lighter bat in hand, the centerfielder swung at the first pitch and it was going, going, gone. With two outs, it would be McConn who would score off Wynn’s home run after advancing to first on a walk. Wynn is now batting a .323 overall average this season and was .267 at the five-game tournament in Fullerton, Calif.
“It was awesome,” Wynn said of her home run. “You can always breathe a little easier when you’re up by three runs instead of one in the last inning.
“I was so proud of Kristie [McConn]. She came through with the first two-run home run and she hasn’t gotten a lot of at-bats this season. Then she worked a walk in the seventh and gave me another chance to bat and I made up m mind I was going to swing at the first pitch and it worked out.”
After seven complete innings against the Titans, McConn would lead the offense going 1-for-2 with two RBI and scoring two runs. Wynn was 1-for-4 with one run and the second pair of RBI. Senior Whitney Buckmon also recorded two hits and sophomore Robin Ahrberg would round off the hits with one of her own.
After five games, FSU was 2-3 with wins over No. 1 Arizona State and Cal State Fullerton.
“I think we played really well in three of the five games this weekend,” Graf said. “We got to see the level of competition we will see again in the post season and I feel we played well against it.”
A team that continues to improve every day, the Seminoles return to Tallahassee to host Georgia Southern in a doubleheader on March 26 on JoAnne Graf Field at the Seminole Softball Complex. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m. and will be streamed live on internet radio by logging onto Seminoles.com.