Feb. 6, 2007
BRISTOL, Conn. –
With the start of the 2007 softball season just three days away, the accolades continue to roll in for Florida State second baseman Veronica Wootson. The latest for the senior is a spot on the ESPN.com Second Team All-America squad that was announced on Tuesday (Feb. 6).
Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) is one of only two ACC players on the list – Georgia Tech’s Whitney Haller is also on the Second Team – and is one of only eight players from schools east of the Mississippi River. She received her first national preseason attention last week when she was named to the USA Softball Player of the Year Watch List.
“This is a tremendous honor and it’s as much of a credit to the whole team as it is to me,” Wootson said. “I’ve got a lot of great players around me and they’ve allowed me to get better both offensively and defensively. Last year was really a big boost for me and I hope to continue to build on that this year. I’ve been working hard to end my career on high note not only individually, but I want to get us back to the World Series.”
The senior second baseman had her best year in a Seminole uniform in 2006 as she hit a career-best .360 while ranking second in the country with nine triples to go along with 49 RBIs and 44 runs scored as she earned NFCA First-Team All-America honors. In addition, she earned an Easton/Bell Sports All-America award, NFCA First-Team All-Southeast Region and First-Team All-ACC honors.
Wootson’s final season has the potential to be a special one as she is on the cusp of breaking several Florida State records. She needs just 12 triples and eight home runs to take down both marks and she is on pace to be in the top five in virtually every offensive category. Wootson is already eighth in ACC history with 18 triples.
“It’s a great honor for Veronica and with the career she’s put together so far it is well deserved,” FSU head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said. “She had a great fall season and has carried that into the spring so this could be a big year for her. Veronica is an important part of our team offensively and in the field and she is going to be one of the main factors to our success this year.”
As a freshman Wootson burst onto the softball scene during the Seminoles’ 2004 run to their seventh Women’s College World Series. She became the first FSU player to earn All-America accolades as a freshman with her NFCA Third-Team selection and she also captured ACC Freshman of the Year honors. A third All-America award would allow Wootson to join FSU Hall of Famer Shamalene Wilson as the only two players to earn three national awards during their career.
Wootson will get to start her senior campaign on Friday (February 9) when she and the Seminoles open the year with the Seminole Classic against Samford at 4 p.m. The game can be seen live on ACC Select streaming video by logging on to the official site of FSU athletics, www.seminoles.com