March 27, 2006
GREENSBORO, N.C. –
It was only a matter of time before Florida State softball player Yuruby Alicart got adjusted to the Division I level and started producing the numbers that made her the 2005 NAIA Player of the Year. Following a week in which she hit .625 and helped the Seminoles to four wins, Alicart was named Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week as announced by the league office on Monday (March 27).
The weekly honor is the second in three weeks for Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela). She joins former Seminoles Leslie Malerich (10 awards all time), Jessica van der Linden (eight), Jennifer White-Stokes (eight) and Brandi Stuart (five) as the only FSU players to win the award twice in one season. Florida State is the all-time leader with 76 POW awards.
“This is a great honor for Yuruby, she had a tremendous week,” FSU head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said. “We knew it was only going to be a matter of time before she got adjusted to Division I pitching and she’s really starting to come around.”
The junior transfer from Thomas College picked up at least one hit in all five games last week and had two in each of the three-games versus Boston College over the weekend. Five extra base hits, including a pair of home runs, translated into a 1.188 slugging percentage to go along with a .667 on-base percentage.
Alicart had perhaps her best day in an FSU uniform during the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader with the Eagles. She went 2-for-3, including a home run and a double, with two runs scored and a career-high four RBIs. During the opener she set a personal-best with three base hits.
Her performance vaulted her team-best .357 average into tenth in the league standings. She also rates among the conference best for total bases (2nd – 72), doubles (3rd – 10), home runs (4th -6), slugging percentage (4th – .643) and RBIs (7th – 28). She is second in the league, behind teammate Melissa Wood (Lilburn, Ga.) for the best average during conference games at .556.
“Yuruby is really relaxed at the plate, she doesn’t feel the pressure,” Graf noted. “I think she’s one of the calmest hitters we have and she waits for her pitch and hits it hard.”
Alicart is the only other player in the conference this year to win the award more than once besides Virginia Tech’s Angela Tincher.
The Seminoles are back in action Wednesday (March 29) when they play host to crosstown rival Florida A&M at 6 p.m.