Florida State Downs Boston College in Game One of 2008 ACC Softball Championship
May 8, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - In the first game of the 2008 Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Tournament, held on the campus of the University of Maryland, third-seeded Florida State defeated No. 6 seed Boston College, 5-1. After nine innings of play, senior first-baseman Brittany Osmon gave the Seminoles the win with a walk-off grand slam to center field.
Striking first in the day's early game was Boston College, who took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning. After Eagles shortstop Irene Delagrammatica slapped a single through the Florida State infield to give BC a baserunner, a triple by senior infielder Amanda Booth put BC in front. The RBI for Booth was her 13th of the season.
The lead would not last, however, as the Seminoles struck back in the bottom half of the inning, tying the game at one on an RBI single by center fielder Carly Wynn.
After surviving a few scares in the sixth and seventh, Florida State was able to load the bases in the bottom of the ninth, thanks to a single by second-baseman Kristie McConn, and a pair of bunt singles by Wynn and infielder Whitney Buckmon. With the trio loading the bases and no one out, Osmon, who was named to the All-ACC second-team at Wednesday night's pre-championship banquet, sent the delivery from BC pitcher Allison Gage over the center field wall, knocking in her seventh home run of the season and giving the `Noles the win.
Earning her 17th win of the season for Florida State was senior Tiffany McDonald, who recorded her 22nd complete game of the season. With 13 strikeouts in the game, McDonald pushed her career total to 911, establishing herself as Florida State's all-time leader and moving up to sixth-place on the ACC's all-time list.
With the win, Florida advances to play the winner of today's second game between second-seeded Virginia Tech and seventh-seeded Maryland. That game will take place Friday at 12:30 p.m.
Competition at the 2008 ACC Softball Championship will continue throughout the day Thursday, with games at 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, and 8:00 p.m.