May 8, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – In the first game of the 2008 Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Championships, third seed Florida State charged back from a 1-1 tie for the victory over sixth-seeded Boston College after a grand slam homer from 2008 All-ACC second team member Brittany Osmon sealed the deal in the ninth inning. The 5-1 win moves the Seminoles to game seven on Friday, May 9 against the winner of the Virginia Tech and Maryland match-up happening on Thursday.
Osmon, a senior from San Diego, Calif., cranked her seventh home run of the season and her first grand slam this year with one out against Boston College’s Allison Gage. The south paw is now batting a .308 average and continues to lead the team with 45 RBI’s.
“It felt really good, awesome actually,” Osmon said. “The best part was watching Tiffany [McDonald] run down third base with me. After I made contact I knew it was going out and I was pretty happy.”
Notching her 17th win of the season was Tiffany McDonald, also named to the second team All-ACC, who needed just two strikeouts against Boston College to break the all-time strikeout record at Florida State. The senior did just that and more as she stuck out 13 Eagles to set the new record at 911, shattering the previous 899 set by Jessica van der Linden in 2004.
“It feels pretty good [to break the record],” McDonald said. “I feel honored to be in the top at Florida State with Jessica van der Linden. I know her personally and she’s a great woman. Being able to break a record is awesome and then to help my team win the first game of the ACC Tournament is great; I couldn’t ask for a better start.”
Despite Boston College scoring first in the top of the fifth off a triple from Amanda Booth, FSU answered right back in the bottom of the inning as junior Michelle Snyder scored from second on a single to center by sophomore and All-ACC first team member Carly Wynn.
With the score tied at one apiece, it would be a pitcher’s duel that would lead into extra innings with no more runners scoring in regulation. In the top of the eighth, it would be three up and three down for BC while the Seminoles would get into scoring position thanks to a single from Osmon who then advanced to third on a walked batter and fly out to right field. Despite those efforts, FSU would not cross home plate and the game would roll into inning number nine.
The Eagles would once again send three batters up to be sent back to the dugout as McDonald struck out two and the third grounded out to Kristie McConn at second. With the game time reaching just over two hours long, the Garnet and Gold took control in the bottom of the inning with McConn singling to center to get things started.
Boston College then intentionally walked heavy-hitter Wynn, who went 2-for-3 with one RBI, as All-ACC second teamer Whitney Buckmon used her speed as she laid down a bunt and reached first safely. With bases loaded, a pop-up to third from Jessica Gilmore put one out on the board and brought in Osmon who swung on the fifth pitch to clinch the win for FSU.
The Seminoles are now 37-25 as they head into day two of the ACC Tournament hosted by the University of Maryland. ACC Select will provide live video-streaming on accselect.com and live stats will also be available throughout on theacc.com and Seminoles.com.