May 10, 2006
GREENSBORO, N.C. –
For the past 14 years, the Florida State University softball team has been the premier program in the Atlantic Coast Conference. It doesn’t appear that things will be changing anytime soon. The Seminoles led all schools for three players on the First-Team All-ACC squad and Virginia Tech equaled FSU with four selections overall as announced by the conference office on Wednesday (May 10).
Topping the list for the Seminoles on the First-Team was left fielder Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas), shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) and second baseman Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.). Making her way onto the Second Team was right fielder LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.).
For Jacob it is the third All-ACC award of her career, making her just the sixth player in school history to earn three league accolades. She picked up First-Team honors last season after making the Second Team as a sophomore. Wootson is making her second appearance on the team after nabbing a First-Team award in 2004. Alicart and Davis each collected their first award.
“We’re very excited for all of them. All four are very deserving and have been a big reason for our success this year,” FSU head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said. “Each of them played extremely well during the conference season and that’s one of the biggest things coaches remember when they got to vote. We look for these four to be leaders for us this week in the conference tournament.”
Jacob’s third All-ACC award is just another in a long list of accolades helping to cement her name as not only one of the best players at Florida State, but also in conference history. Last week she picked up 13 hits to earn the final ACC Player of the Week award and also move her up to seventh in conference history at 259 hits. She is ninth with 65 career stolen bases. On the Florida State career charts she rates fifth in hits, seventh in stolen bases, runs and at bats, eighth in walks and tenth in triples.
Perhaps the biggest accomplishment of her career to date has been the 28-game hitting streak she completed earlier in the season. The streak is a school and ACC record while rating as the 11th-longest in NCAA history. This season Jacob is the league leader with a career-best 82 hits while rating second in the league with a .389 batting average. She is among the league-best in seven offensive categories.
In only her first season with the Seminoles after transferring from Thomas University, Alicart has had an immediate impact on the team. Twice named ACC Player of the Week, she found her stride midseason and has been one of the top players in the league. She saved her best performances for the conference schedule where she led the league in batting average (.441), RBIs (26) and total bases (49).
Alicart set the Florida State school record with 17 doubles and is currently tied with Tiffany Daniels and Brandi Stuart at ten home runs. She also rates third on the single-season charts with 49 RBIs. Among the league leaders, she ranks in nine offensive categories including being tops in doubles.
Wootson had one of the best freshman campaigns in ACC history, but had to bounce back this season after a slow sophomore year. She has come back stronger than ever, setting a personal-best with her .356 average. The All-America candidate is second in country, and tops in the league with eight triples. Those eight triples have moved her into a tie for ninth in ACC history.
Besides triples, Wootson is ranked among the league leaders in eight different offensive categories. She has six home runs this season, moving her up to fourth with 17 dingers. Wootson has also crept onto the career runs list in eight at 132 runs.
No one may be hitting a quieter .355 than Davis, but she has benefited from hitting in front of Jacob. Davis has played her best against conference teams, ranking second in ACC games with a .439 batting average while topping the league with four triples. Overall she is ranked in the ACC in five different offensive categories.
Florida State, seeded fifth, opens the ACC Tournament on Thursday (May 11) when it takes on No. 4 Georgia Tech at 5:30 p.m.