May 11, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Wednesday Florida State University softball player Natasha Jacob was recognized for her efforts on the field. On Thursday (May 11) it was the other side of the student-athlete equation that she was rewarded for as she was named CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine, First-Team Academic All-District 3.
The All-District award is the third of her career and the First-Team selection puts her on the ballot for an Academic All-America selection. Last season, Jacob was named Second-Team Academic All-American after getting Second-Team All-District honors as a sophomore.
“This a great honor for Natasha, she really exemplifies what it means to be a student-athlete,” FSU head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said. “One of the things we emphasis to recruits is the quality education they can get at Florida State and Natasha is the perfect example of what you can accomplish when prioritize academics.”
All four years of her academic career, Jacob has been the model student. She has earned a spot on either the Dean’s List (3.5 gpa or higher) or President’s list (4.0 gp) all eight semesters. The Golden Torch winner for the highest gpa on the team at 3,87, she graduated on April 29 with a degree in exercise science. Jacob has also been a four-year member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
“It’s an honor to be recognized for both academics and softball because it’s tough to balance both,” Jacob said. “When you get to college you learn a lot about time management. I try to prioritize my time and get the most out of everything.”
As good as she has been in the classroom, Jacob has performed equally as well on the field. Named First-Team All-ACC for the second year in a row, she is the league leader with 82 hits while rating second in the league with a .389 batting average. Named ACC Player of the Week on May 8, Jacob is among the league-best in seven offensive categories. Last week she picked up 13 hits to move her up to seventh in conference history at 259 hits. She is ninth with 65 career stolen bases
Jacob was one of only two ACC players to make the first team as she was joined by Virginia Tech’s Angela Tincher. A total of five league players made the first or second team.
Florida State will take on Georgia Tech on Thursday during the first round of the ACC Tournament in Chapel Hill, N.C.