Jan. 7, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State head softball coach Dr. JoAnne Graf announced team captains for the Seminoles 2005 season Friday morning.
The squad begins practicing for the upcoming season this Monday, Jan. 10, at 3 p.m. The Tribe is coming off arguably the best season in the program’s history that saw FSU ending the year with a 62-12 record, a Top 5 national ranking, and its seventh trip to the Women’s College World Series (WCWS).
“The players voted for two mentally-strong and responsible seniors to lead us this season,” said Graf, who is entering her 27th season at Florida State. “Both of these women lead by example both on and off the field and I believe they will set high standards for their teammates to follow. Tatiana and Lesley are inspirations for the team after battling serious injuries last season and then bouncing back. I think they are great leaders for the 2005 team.”
George, selected as a captain for the second consecutive season, will start at shortstop for the fourth straight year. She was off to her best start of her career in 2004 before injuries set in and wiped out almost half of her season. Her fractured wrist caused her to miss 26 starts and she was not able to hit for a month. George showed more home run power last year than ever before as her six homers were more than her career total coming into the season. At the time George hurt herself, she had just wrapped up a place on the NFCA Leadoff Classic All-Tournament team with a huge tournament including a walk-off home run against South Carolina in the tournament semi-final. She finished the season on a high note, however, after hitting a two-run homerun in the top of the fourth that won the game for FSU against Washington at the WCWS.
Palmer tore her ACL in the Georgia Tech series on April 3, 2004, but she returned playing on the injury and homered versus No. 12 Auburn in only her third game back. She and then-senior Beth Wade led FSU with 12 doubles and she was third on the team with seven homeruns. Despite missing 12 starts, Palmer set new career highs for at-bats, runs, hits, doubles, and RBIs. Others took notice in her accomplishments, as Palmer earned 2004 NFCA All-Southern Region 2nd Team honors, as well as being named to the 2004 ACC All-Tournament team. Furthermore, she was selected the ACC Player of the Week the week of March 15, 2002.
“Both players are team oriented, committed, competitive, and they want the best for the Florida State softball program,” said Graf. “We have a fairly young team and we need their experience and leadership to guide us this season.”
The Seminoles open their 2005 campaign on February 9th with a doubleheader at Florida A&M. First pitch is scheduled at 5 and 7 p.m.