Feb. 14, 2006
The 11 strikeouts by Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) in the opener is a new career-best. Her previous high was ten against Southeast Louisiana on February 19, 2005. She struck out eight more during the second game for a total of 19 over the two games.
For the tenth time in her career, McDonald pitched seven innings, but she did not get credit for a complete game because Melissa May pitched to the first three batters.
Prior to getting the win in the nightcap of Tuesday’s game, Tiffany McDonald’s last two wins had come in relief appearances. The sophomore right-hander, who has pitched in all five of FSU’s games this year, threw the last three innings against Nicholls State and seven innings against Georgia Southern.
Sophomore Whitney Buckmon (Stone Moutain, Ga.) has scored two runs in two of the last three games. After crossing the plate twice against Nicholls State, she scored twice in the first inning of the opener against GSU.
Eight of the nine batters in the original starting line-up reached base in the first inning of the second game. Buckmon and Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) both reached base twice. During the game, all nine starters made it to first at least once.
Wootson was the only Seminole to collect a hit in both games of the doubleheader. She went a team-best 3-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI in the opener. She was 1-for-2 with two RBIs and a run scored in the finale.
With one run in the opener and two more in the second game against Georgia Southern, All-America candidate LaShaun Davis has scored a run in each of the last three games. During those three contests she has crossed the plate six times.
Sisters Robyn and Kim Petrovich (South Plantation, Fla.) both played in the opening game as pinch runners. It marked the first time sisters had played in the same game for FSU since Shandra and Shundra Colzie in 2003. The Petroviches, daughters of former FSU All-American Natalie Drouin, are the third sisters to play for Graf, following the Colzies and Julie & Christy Larsen.
Post Game Quotes
Head Coach Dr. JoAnne Graf:
On the difference between games one and two:
“I think their pitchers got into trouble and they started walking people. I think that put them behind. The first game they came out and jumped on us and we had to fight back, but Tiffany (McDonald) did a great job holding them. Then in the second game we jumped out, but we got some help from their pitchers.”
On coming back in game one:
“That’s the thing we’re going to have to do, we’re going to have to learn how to fight this year. Winning these close games is going to help their confidence a lot. Everyone is going to score a lot, it doesn’t seem like there is any dominant pitching anymore, so they’re going to learn that and we haves such good hitting in the line-up and on the bench that they’re going to get the job done:
On Tiffany McDonald’s performance:
“Obviously this is Tiffany’s best performance so far. She threw a lot innings and I think she could have thrown all night. She was on and she seemed to have control of her pitches. Tiffany had the right mental attitude that she’s going to go as long as she needed to go.”
On Natasha Jacob’s hit streak:
“It’s a great streak. It had to end some time, but I think Natasha, through last year and ACC’s, regional and everything to have the streak go as long as it did is phenomenal. Now we know she can do it so she’s got to start another one.”
Senior Outfielder Natasha Jacob:
On the end of her 28-game hitting streak:
“I wasn’t thinking about it much at the beginning but definitely by the second and third at-bats I started to worry a little bit. I knew that I didn’t come out and play my best game so that made think a lot more than usual.”
On the accomplishment:
“I think it might take some time to sink in. It’s just frustrating because I know that I can do it and I didn’t come out and perform my best. It’s frustrating in that aspect, but I’m proud of the accomplishment, but I feel like I could have done better.”