March 2, 2008
COLUMBUS, GA. – The Florida State softball team was victorious on the final day of competition at the 13th Annual NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga., as it shutout the Iowa Hawkeyes 2-0 on Sunday. The Seminoles went 3-2 over the weekend, giving up zero runs in all three victories and improving to 12-9 on the season.
Pitching her second win of the season was senior Tiffany McDonald who struck out nine while giving up seven hits, no runs and no walks. McDonald notched a 1.94 ERA over the weekend which leads her pitching staff this season.
The game remained scoreless until the top of the seventh when the Seminoles moved into scoring position thanks to the efforts by the sophomores. Sophomores Robin Ahrberg and Carly Wynn started it off with a walk and an advance on an error, respectively. With runners on first and second (and junior Melissa May in to pinch run for Ahrberg), fellow sophomore Monica Montez would reach first on a fielder’s choice by the short stop that took out Wynn at second. Freshman Ashley Stager was the second Seminole to be walked in the inning, which filled the bases as junior Michelle Snyder stepped up to the plate.
Another fielder’s choice would advance Snyder to second as the play turned into trouble for Iowa. The third baseman attempted to make a play at second, but over threw to allow May and Montez to score and move Stager to third. Florida State was now up 2-0 with runners on second a third and only one out on the board.
Freshman Kristie McConn would hit a single bunt to load the bases one last time before a fly out to center and a ground ball to the shortstop would end the inning for the Seminoles.
The Hawkeyes fought back to stay in the game, placing runners in scoring position with no outs. But their best just wasn’t good enough as a pop-up to Stager was followed by a strike-out and a fly ball to Whitney Buckmon in right to end the game.
The victory over Iowa brings the overall series to 5-3 with Florida State holding on to the lead. The last time the Hawkeyes were able to over-power the Seminoles was over 10 years ago in 1997 when they won 7-1 in a regular season tournament.
Florida State’s only losses at the NFCA Leadoff Classic came to the No. 2 and No. 4 teams in the nation, Texas A&M and Tennessee. The Seminoles were able to score five runs off the Lady Vols – the most Tennessee has given up in a single game all season.
Wrapping up the 3-2 weekend was the announcement of the All-Tournament Team which featured Seminole senior Brittany Osmon. Osmon went 6-for-13 over the three-days, scoring a team-high six runs. The first baseman also hit the solo homerun of the tournament for FSU against Tennessee and had a double while leading the team with three RBI’s.
The ladies will play at home next weekend as they host the Florida State Invitational on March 7 and 8 on JoAnne Graf Field at the Seminole Softball Complex. Making the trip to the event this year will be UConn, Appalachian State and Georgia State. The Seminoles’ first game will be Friday, March 7, at 2:30 p.m. against the Mountaineers of App. State. All of FSU’s games will be broadcast live on ACC Select.