Feb. 18, 2006
Seminole Classic Day Two Notes
The win over Iowa State improved Florida State to the 7-2 on the year, matching the second-best start to the season since the 1989 campaign. The 2001 squad also started 7-2 while the 2004 edition, that later went to the Women’s College World Series, started 11-0.
Saturday’s victory over Iowa State was Florida State’s third run-rule win of the game, matching the 2003 campaign for the second most through the first nine games of the season, and already exceeding last year’s total. During the 2004 season, FSU won five of its first nine games by run rule.
The nine runs in Saturdays’ second game was Florida State’s fifth game of the season with five runs or more. The 11 hits marked the fourth time FSU has produced seven hits or more. Florida State is undefeated this season, 5-0, when it scores five runs or more.
Florida State head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf is just one win short of becoming the second coach in NCAA history to record 1,100 wins. Fresno State’s Margie Wright is the NCAA leader with 1,173 wins. Graf is the winningest coach NFCA (slow pitch & fast pitch) history with 1,318 wins.
Seminole Classic All-Tournament Team:
Florida State: Natasha Jacob (MVP), Yuruby Alicart, Carly Brieske, Tiffany McDonald
South Carolina: Christie Hamilton, Jessica Josker, Lisa Longo
Iowa State: Jessica Quade
Junior transfer Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) had her best day in an FSU uniform, going 4-for-7 with three RBIs and a run scored. The shortstop hit her first Division I home run against Iowa State after going 3-for-3 versus South Carolina.
The consecutive on-base streak climbed to 33 games for left fielder Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas) through the Seminole Classic. On Saturday, the senior captain hit a single in both games.
Sophomore Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Washington) picked up her second win of the Seminole Classic and fourth on the week as she beat Iowa State 9-1. The win was her fifth of the season as she got to five wins one week faster than she did last season. The right-hander took a perfect game into the fourth inning against the Cyclones.
Saturday’s second game was a contest of career highs and firsts for the Seminoles. Sophomore Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) set a career high with three hits against Iowa State…Freshman Kim Petrovich (Plantation, Fla.) scored the first run of her collegiate career when she pinch ran in the fourth inning…Senior Carey Galuppi (Boca Raton, Fla.) made her first start of the season in right field.
Post Game Quotes:
FSU head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf:
On winning the Seminole Classic:
“I thought we really matured this weekend a lot. The teams that we played were very good teams, very solid, and we had to play well to win all the games that we did. The game we lost we made a couple of errors and it cost us. I think the players are learning that they have to focus for all seven innings. I think we got a lot of confidence, our pitchers gained tremendous confidence this weekend so I’m real pleased to come out of this weekend 3-1.”
On difference in the two games:
“We had better pitch selection in game two and we hit the ball hard. If you hit the ball hard they’re going to make some mistakes. With our speed and our talent, we can capitalize on other team’s mistakes and I thought that we did very well against Iowa State.”
On Yuruby Alicart:
“She had a great day. She had been down on herself a little bit, she hasn’t had a lot of confidence and I think the way she played defensively today, the way she hit today will give her a lot of confidence and relax her a little bit and she’ll settle into that shortstop role.”