May 10, 2006
GREENSBORO, N.C. –
When her team needed her the most, Florida State University softball player Natasha Jacob did what she does best: lead by example. The All-America candidate got the Seminoles’ offense jumpstarted during the final weekend of the regular season and picked up Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week honors as announced by the league office.
The weekly award is the second of Jacob’s (Coppell, Texas) career after earning the award as sophomore. She is second Seminole to win the honor this year, joining two-time recipient shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela).
“Natasha is really seeing the ball well right now,” FSU head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said. “When she can get on base like she did last week it really gets our offense going. When she’s on base it gives us so many options and we took advantage of that last week.”
All the left fielder did last week was hit .684 with three hits in four of the five games, including all three against Maryland as the Seminoles wrapped up the No. 5 seed for this week’s ACC Tournament. Jacob led off all three Maryland games with a single and scored a run during all three contests as well. Her weekly totals also included a .737 slugging percentage and .684 on-base percentage.
“I feel a little bit more relaxed at the plate,” Jacob noted. “I’m one of those players that when I get into a groove it has a snowball effect so I’m just trying to stay focused and hope this carries over into the tournament next week.”
Her impressive five-game run upped her season average to a career-best .389 average, the second highest total in the ACC. Jacob took over the league-lead with career-high 82 hits. Overall, she ranks in the ACC’s top ten of seven different offensive categories, including a personal-best 23 stolen bases.
During the week, Jacob collected 13 hits, upping her career total to 289 which ranks seventh in ACC history and fifth in Seminole lore. She also moved up on the stolen base charts with her 67 swipes, placing her eighth in the ACC and sixth on the Florida State charts.
Florida State makes its run towards its 11th ACC Tournament title Thursday (May 11) when it takes on the No. 4 seed Georgia Tech at 5:30 p.m. at North Carolina.