March 7, 2006
March 7, 2006
By hitting a home run in the first inning of both games, Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas) doubled her career total. The All-America candidate last hit a home run in the first game of doubleheader against Florida International on March 25, 2004. Both of her previous home runs came during her sophomore year.
Jacob’s triple in the third inning moved her up to ninth in school history with 13 career triples, tying Serita Brooks.
The double by Melissa May (San Diego, Calif.) came during her first collegiate at-bat. Her classmate Kayla Collins (Niceville, Fla.) reached base for the first time in her FSU career when she drew a walk in the second inning of game two. In her next at-bat, Collins picked up her first collegiate hit with a single up the middle.
Florida State pounded out 15 hits in the opener against the Huskies, exceeding last year’s high by two hits. The 15 base knocks are the most by the Seminoles since they put up 15 on the board against Florida A&M on April 3, 2005.
On the heels of a 5-0 loss to No. 7/8 Michigan, the Seminoles are 5-3 in the next game following a loss with a 2-2 mark after losing to a ranked opponent.
FSU had a season-high six extra base hits in the opener with two doubles, two triples and two home runs.
FSU Head Coach Dr. JoAnne Graf
On the freshmen pitchers:
“It was really it was key that both freshman pitchers got complete games. You like to think that it gave them a lot of confidence and it will help us down the road. I hope that will settle them down a little bit. I think they both had innings where they got out of trouble, they stayed composed and our defense played really well behind them.”
On Natasha Jacob:
“Tasha was on fire. I think she was seeing the ball great tonight. She had good extension and basically was doing anything she wanted to with the ball. She demonstrated another side of her game beside bunts and slaps.”
On LaShaun Davis and Yuruby Alicart:
“LaShaun needed to get back to getting the bat on the ball and putting it in play. Her getting on base is a big key and I think she got some confidence tonight. Yuruby is settling down and I think she is becoming comfortable with the players around her.”
Pitcher Kayla Collins
“I feel like I redeemed myself a little bit with that game. The main thing tonight was that I had confidence in myself. For a while I was down on myself but to have the team behind me really helped me. The defense was awesome tonight. They deserve a lot of the credit for the win tonight. We looked like a different team today; everyone came together and we looked ready to play.”
Left fielder Natasha Jacob
“I’ve been working on my swing a lot lately because I know that I’ve been on dimensional, strictly bunting and teams have been able to figure that out. I knew I needed to step it up and work on my swing.”