May 13, 2004
Tallahassee, FL –
Before FSU softball sophomore outfielder Natasha Jacob stood up to receive her first ever All-ACC honor Thursday night, she had already picked up another first-time award earlier in the day. The Coppell, TX native was named a 2004 District III Academic All-Region selection. The award is given to student-athletes who excel in both the classroom and on the field. Jacob is the first Seminole to win the award since Brandi Stuart in 2002.
Jacob currently has a 3.983 GPA in Exercise Science. She is a three-time member of the Dean’s List and she posted a perfect 4.00 in two of her first three semesters. She was the softball team’s Golden Torch winner in 2003 for having the highest GPA on the team and she was also a 2003 ACC Honor Roll Selection.
On the field, Jacob has blossomed in her second year as a starter for Florida State in left field. She is second behind Jessica van der Linden for the team lead in batting average, first on the team in triples and steals, second in on base percentage, fourth in slugging percentage, total bases and walks. The Texas native leads FSU with more than twice as many sacs as anyone else and she is 18th in the nation in triples. After a freshman season where she did not live up to her lofty goals, Jacob has set new career highs in 11 offensive categories. She led the team with a .429 batting average, a .571 slugging percentage and was third on the squad with five RBIs in ACC play. She was also second in the ACC in triples, second in steals, fifth in batting average, sixth in on base percentage, ninth in hits and ninth in runs scored.
“This means so much to me because it recognizes student-athletes who work hard on and off the field,” said Jacob. “What we are doing as a team on the diamond is important to me but I also take school very seriously so to be awarded for having some success in both arenas is very gratifying and I appreciate the recognition.”
The fourth-ranked Seminoles (54-9) open ACC play at 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 14 at the Seminole Softball Complex. The Tribe is the No. 1 seed in the tournament and will face the winner of the game between NC State and Georgia Tech who open the tournament at 11:00 a.m. For more information on the ACC Championships please visit the official website of the Florida State athletic department at www.seminoles.com.