Feb. 10, 2006
Post Game Notes:
By collecting singles in the third inning of both games on Friday, Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas) has extended her hitting streak to 28 games. The streak started on April 3, 2005 against Virginia Tech. It is the longest streak in the NCAA since 1999 when South Carolina’s Kim Pietro has 32-straight hits.
Veronica Wootson’s (Fontana, Calif.) three-run home run in the second game was the 12th of her career, tying her with Beth Wade for ninth in school history. Dating back to last year, Wootson has hit three home runs in her last six games.
For the second year in a row, a freshman has picked up the victory on opening day after rookie hurler Melissa May (San Diego, Calif.) got the win over Samford in the Friday’s nightcap. Last season Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) got the win in her collegiate debut, 5-2, over Florida A&M on February 9.
Tiffany McDonald’s save in game two was the second of her career. On April 20, 2005, she pitched the last 2 2/3 innings against Florida A&M to get the save.
Eight of the nine hitters in the line-up against Samford and seven of the nine versus Louisville reached base, led by Carly Brieske (Safety Harbor, Fla.), Kim Hoffer (Houston, Texas) and Natasha Jacob as they each reached first a team-high four times.
Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela), Kim Hoffer, Veronica Wootson and Natasha Jacob all scored a team-high two runs on the day. Both of Hoffer’s came in the opener against Louisville while Alicart and Jacob crossed the plate twice versus Samford. Wootson was the only player to score in each of the games. T
hird baseman Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.) picked up her first collegiate hit with a double in the first game. After two years as an All-American at NAIA Thomas University, Yuruby Alicart collected her first collegiate hit with a double against Samford.
Post Game Quotes:
Florida State Head Coach Dr. JoAnne Graf
“I was pleased with the way we hit the ball in the second game. I told the girls in between games they needed to be more disciplined at the plate and I think we were able to do a better job of that.”
“Louisville has a good pitcher and she did a good job of getting ahead in the count. We had a hard time getting the top of the line-up on base and we need to get that speed going if we’re going to have a chance to score runs.”
“I thought Mel (Melissa May) did a good job in her first outing. She got into trouble in a few spots, but we played good defense behind her and we were able to limit them to just two runs.”
Freshman Pitcher Melissa May:
On getting her first collegiate win:
“It feels really good, I’m so excited. My teammates did a great job of backing me up. I wanted to get ahead early and if I didn’t do that I wanted to come back hard. I was really focused on hitting my spots and being consistent.”
Junior Infielder Veronica Wootson:
On her fifth-inning home run:
“I went up there and tried to relax. I wasn’t trying to guess the pitch, which is what I think I was doing in my earlier at-bats. That time I was only thinking about my mechanics.”
On winning the second game:
“It was very important. We had a rough start in the first game, but we knew we had the talent and we showed it tonight. The pitchers did a great job, the defense played well. We stepped it up from the first game.”