March 15, 2004
Tallahassee, FL –
For the sixth straight week, an FSU softball player has taken home ACC Player if the Week honors. This time it is junior Lesley Palmer who got the hardware. This is the first ever ACC Player of the Week honor for the second year player and her honor means a Seminole has won ACC Player of the Week every time the award has been handed out in 2004.
It is hard to imagine having a better week than the one Palmer had last week. The junior led FSU offensively in eight categories as the fourth-ranked Seminoles went 8-0 beating three teams that are or were ranked (No. 11 Michigan, Notre Dame and Texas A&M) as the Tribe captured the 2004 Florida State Invitational Tournament championship. Palmer hit safely in all eight games and recorded an extra base hit in five of the eight contests. She batted .524, slugged 1.143, had 12 RBIs, four doubles, three homeruns, 11 hits, 24 total bases and she scored 10 runs. She was also on base over 64% of the time and she even stole the second base of her career.
Palmer also led the team against FSU’s toughest competition. Versus three national powers (No. 11 Michigan, Notre Dame and Texas A&M) the junior hit .500 with two runs, three RBIs, three doubles and she slugged .800. In less than a 24-hour span, Palmer record a game with two doubles and two homeruns. She joins Brandi Stuart as just the second Seminole since 2000 to record a game with two doubles and two homeruns within a 24-hour span. The junior also established a new career high with five RBIs in a game.
Florida State returns to action versus Troy State Tuesday, March 16. The doubleheader is slated to begin at 4:00 p.m. and is a make-up for the doubleheader that was rained out February 24. The twin bill will be the first ever FSU softball event broadcast live over the Internet. There is no charge for the radio broadcast and the link to listen to the game is available at www.seminoles.com.