April 25, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State softball team (32-18) completed Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) play this past weekend with a sweep against Virginia to end league action with an 11-6 record. The Tribe has eight non-conference contests remaining before the ACC Softball Tournament gets underway May 12-14 in College Park, Md.
As of Monday, April 25, No. 18 Georgia Tech leads the league race with a 10-3 record followed by FSU, North Carolina (8-7), Virginia (7-7), NC State (5-6), Maryland (4-8), and Virginia Tech (3-11). The Seminoles are the first to finish out ACC action as the remaining six teams will play one final series.
In the 17 ACC games, the Tribe’s combined batting average was .214 while their opponent’s logged a slightly higher .221 batting average.
Senior pitcher Casey Hunter (18-12, 1.34 ERA) went 8-2 in the circle for the Seminoles and recorded a 1.47 ERA with 101 strikeouts. Freshman pitcher Tiffany McDonald (14-5, 1.33 ERA) was 3-4 with a 1.85 ERA and she gave up no triples or home runs. Hunter held opponents to a .190 average and McDonald’s batters hit .257 when she threw, respectively.
On offense, junior left fielder Natasha Jacob was the only Seminole to bat above .300 as she finished with a .321 mark. Senior third baseman Lesley Palmer hit .250, Melissa Wood followed with a .238 average and sophomore Veronica Wootson was fourth on the team, hitting .235, respectively. Wood led the offense with 21 total bases and Jacob had 19. Palmer and Wood recorded seven RBIs a piece, respectively, and Jacob registered a team-best 17 hits. Jacob and Wootson tallied a team-high five stolen bases each and sophomore LaShaun Davis was a perfect 4-4 when stealing. Juniors Kim Hoffer and BillieAnne Gay combined for 11 sacrafice bunts.
Jacob had a team-best seven game hit streak through ACC play and is currently riding an 11-game streak. Jacob totaled five multi-hit games and Palmer had three, respectively. As for home runs, Wood had three, George two, and Davis one, for a total of six. Only one ACC opponent went yard against Florida State.
Florida State scored the most runs in the fourth and the seventh innings, while its opponents tacked on the most runs in the third and fifth. The Seminoles were 8-1 when leading after four innings.
Defensively, Jacob, Wood, Davis, and junior BillieAnne Gay were the only Florida State players without any errors during league action. Wood was 15-21 in stolen bases/attempts, and Gay was 5-8, respectively. Of the infielders, freshman first baseman Brittany Osmon had the highest fielding percentage at .978.
Since the 1992 season, FSU is 93-23 (.807 winning percentage) all-time in the ACC. This is the first year that the league has moved to the three-game format and the Seminoles suffered six losses. In the years past, the Seminoles never dropped more than three league games in one season.
Starting with their first championship in 1992, Florida State has won twice as many ACC titles (10) as the rest of the conference combined and the Seminoles have won the regular season championship 11 times in 13 years. The Tribe is the only ACC school to ever go to the Women’s College World Series and they have done that on seven occasions, including last season.
Davis was the only Seminole named ACC Player of the Week this season and she earned it the week of March 17, 2005 after she slugged a team-high .750 in five games and led the then-No. 20 Florida State Seminoles to a 4-1 record. Davis batted a team-high .417 and raised her season batting average by almost 150 points. In 12 at bats, she had five hits, including a double and a home run, scored four runs and tallied four RBIs. The Marietta, Ga., native’s solo shot to centerfield against the Tar Heels was her first collegiate home run. She registered a team-best nine total bases and stole two bases during the week. In the first of a three-game series against North Carolina, Davis had the game-winning hit that plated two runs and gave Florida State the come-from-behind victory.