May 17, 2007
RALEIGH, N.C. –
More accolades continue to come in for the members of the Florida State softball team. After putting five players on the All-ACC teams, the Seminoles were well represented with four players on the NFCA Louisville Slugger Southeast Region First and Second Teams.
Leading the way with the third First-Team selection of her career is two-time All-American second baseman Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.). Making the First-Team for the second year in a row was senior shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela). Both of FSU’s Second-Team selections are making their first appearances on the All-Region team: outfielders Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) and Carly Wynn (Sharpsburg, Ga.).
The four selections are the most for Florida State since it put six players on the 2004 squad. By being named to either of the All-Region teams, the four players are eligible for NFCA All-America honors. The Seminoles trailed only Georgia Tech, who had five players on both teams, in the Southeast Region.
“It’s a great honor for all of the girls,” FSU head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said. “We’ve had great production from everyone through out the line-up during the whole season and these four have really stepped it up this season.
“Veronica and Yuruby have been the cornerstone of our offense the last two seasons and have been one of the best double play combinations in the country. Whitney did a great job this year of learning to play within herself and not try to do too much and it has really paid off for her. Carly has stepped in and taking charge in the outfield and come through with some big hits when we’ve needed them.”
Wootson is just the ninth player in Florida State history to earn three All-Region selections and is the first since Jessica van der Linden in 2004. She continues to cap one of the best careers in Florida State history as her home run against North Carolina in the ACC Tournament pushed her career record to 29. A member of the ACC All-Tournament team, Wootson is 18th in NCAA history with 867 at-bats and 27th at 197 runs scored. Within in the ACC ranks her runs scored are second while she is also on three more top-ten lists. In terms of FSU marks, she rates on ten career charts and is in the top five on eight of those categories.
Florida State’s only First-Team All-ACC representative, Alicart is the 27th Seminole to earn multiple NFCA All-Region honors. This season she reset her own single-season record with 14 dingers going into the NCAA Tournament. Her 26 career homers places her second behind Wootson in school history. Alicart holds the Florida State career record with a .627 slugging percentage while also ranking fourth with 36 doubles. She is among the ACC leaders in six offensive categories, including second at 17 doubles, which is just two off her single-season record set last season.
Perhaps the most consistent hitter on the team all year has been Buckmon, a Second-Team All-ACC selection. She leads the team with a career-high .342 average that rates eighth in the conference. Her average has not dipped below .300 since the second day of the season and she has been above .330 since the middle of March. In addition, she is seventh in the ACC with 16 stolen bases and a pair of triples. Within the team ranks, she is in the top five of five different categories.
Even though she didn’t earn all-conference consideration, Wynn became the first Florida State freshman to earn All-Region honors since Wootson in 2004. The rookie is ninth in the ACC with a .340 average while during conference games she was second with six doubles and tenth at 1.06 hits per game. Wynn had a great ACC Tournament, finishing third with three runs scored and second with three walks to go along with a two-run home run in the 8-0 win over North Carolina.
Florida State opens its 20th NCAA Tournament, and eighth in a row, on Friday at 3:30 p.m. (CDT) when it takes on Cal in the first game of the Tuscaloosa Regional.