March 23, 2006
With a pair of stolen bases in the second game, Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas) moved into sole possession of tenth place in ACC history with her 58th career steal. She moved past former Seminole Leslie Barton.
The eight runs are the most the Seminoles have scored since posting 11 against Western Illinois on March 11 during the Florida State Invitational. The 12 hits are the most since 13 the next day against Georgia State.
Florida State hit three home runs in game two, its most since cranking out three versus Jacksonville on March 30, 2005. The Seminoles last hit four home runs on March 12, 2004, against Robert Morris.
Three different players – Michelle Snyder, Yuruby Alicart and Melissa Wood – picked up at least one hit in both games of the twinbill. The freshman Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) led the way with five hits on the night, include three in second game.
Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) was the only player to score a run in both games of the doubleheader.
Senior Carey Galuppi (Boca Raton, Fla.) got her second start of the season, getting the nod in right field. Her home run in the sixth was her first since her sophomore year when she hit one against Florida A&M on April 5, 2004.
Yuruby Alicart’s (Maracay, Venezuela) home run in the sixth inning of game two was the first by a Seminole since she hit one against St. John’s. The round tripper was just the second by FSU in the last 15 games. With the win in game one, Florida State improved to 7-6 in games following a loss.
The doubleheader sweep was FSU’s third of the season – Georgia Southern, Connecticut. The Seminoles are 7-3 in doubleheaders this year.
Right-hander Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) matched her win total from all of 2005 when she notched her 14th of the season.
The sophomore also threw her league-leading 17th complete game of the year. Freshman Kayla Collins (Niceville, Fla.) owns two of Florida State’s four shutouts this year. Her ERA has dropped by nearly six runs over the last two weeks to its current low-point of 3.72.
Head Coach Dr. JoAnne Graf:
On the doubleheader sweep: “FIU is a good team and they’re an instate competitor so we needed to put up some runs to get our confidence up. We took advantage of some mistakes and hit a few out which we needed to.”
On the pitching staff: “They’re coming around and not making the big mistakes too often. They’re getting confident, making their pitches and the defense is starting to play well around them so it’s all coming together.”
On Michelle Snyder performance: “She’s young and she’s going to be up and down and get into some slumps. If she can pull herself out of the slumps, that’s the biggest thing. Obviously we want her to get on a roll towards the end of the season so this is a good time for her get hot.”
On Natasha Jacob moving into ACC top ten: “Tasha is just a great kid. Her stolen base percentage has gotten better and better every year as she’s gotten confidence and learned to read the pitchers. We wanted to keep her running, maybe move her up to nine.”
Senior leftfielder Natasha Jacob:
On moving into tenth in ACC history in career steals: “It’s a great accomplishment because this year is really the first year that I’ve been stealing a lot. Given the number of talented players that have been in this league, it’s exciting to be in the top-ten.”
On using her speed: “With my speed I can cause teams to make errors or force bad throws. Whenever you put that kind of pressure on defenses they’re going to make errors and we have to take advantage of those opportunities and score some runs.”
Freshman Michelle Snyder:
On her five hits against FIU: “Every time I went up to the plate I said `aggressive early.’ (Associate head coach) Louie (Berndt) wanted us to pick one thing to focus on and mine was being aggressive early, that’s all I had on my mind. When you get frustrated you just keep digging yourself a hole and I knew I was digging it and tonight I finally got out.”