Feb. 14, 2006
Florida State vs. Georgia Southern
Tuesday (February 14) l 4 p.m. (DH) l Tallahassee, Fla.
JoAnne Graf Field at The Seminole Softball complex (1,000)
Florida State (2-1)
Base Hits (What You Need To Know):
Florida State has never lost a home game to Georgia Southern, holding a perfect 16-0 record at home against the Eagles. Overall, FSU leads the series 28-3.
All-America candidate Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas) upped her hitting streak to 27 games over the weekend, the 11th best in NCAA history.
Five Seminoles made the Early Bird All-Tournament Team: Carly Brieske (Safety Harbor, Fla.), LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.), Kim Hoffer (Houston, Texas), Natasha Jacob, and Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.).
The Seminoles are in the midst of a nine-game home stand. Florida State was 21-7 at home last season. Following the Seminole Classic, FSU will hit the road for a doubleheader at Jacksonville, the NFCA Classic and a Feb. 28 game at Florida A&M.
FSU Continues Home Stand With Doubleheader Versus Eagles After starting the season with a pair of wins in the Early Bird Tournament, the Florida State University softball team (2-1 overall) continues its nine-game home stand with a Tuesday (February 14) doubleheader against Georgia Southern. The Eagles (1-3) lost a doubleheader to Kennesaw State before splitting with Florida A&M. The Seminoles are a perfect 16-0 at home against Georgia Southern and have won 11 of the last 13 overall, but are just 3-2 in the last five meetings. Last season the teams split a doubleheader in Statesboro, Ga., with FSU taking the nightcap 3-0 and the Eagles winning the opener 1-0.
Seminoles Defend Home Turf Florida State always plays well in front of the home crowd, as is evident with its 21-7 mark at JoAnne Graf Field last year. The Seminoles stepped it up even more outside of the tournaments they host, posting a 14-3 non-tournament record and a 6-2 ledger in non-conference games outside the tournament schedule.
Third Inning Is Magic For Jacob’s Hit Streak It wouldn’t be a Florida State softball release if Natasha Jacob wasn’t mention. The All-America candidate pushed her consecutive game hitting streak to 27 games over the weekend. Ironically, all three hits came during her second at bat in the third inning. The streak, an ACC record and the longest in the country since 1998, is the 11th-longest in NCAA history. A hit in each game of the doubleheader against Georgia Southern would tie her for ninth all-time with Laura Berg (Fresno State) and Jen Weaver (Towson).
Five Seminoles Earn A Spot On Early Bird All-Tournament Team The home squad was well represented this weekend when the Early Bird All-Tournament team was announced. Florida State tied Early Bird Champion Louisville with five players on the squad: Carly Brieske, LaShaun Davis, Kim Hoffer, Natasha Jacob and Michelle Snyder. For Jacob it was the sixth all-tournament selection of her career. In 2004 she was on the squads at the NFCA Leadoff Classic, Seminole Challenge, FSU Invitational and NCAA Region 4 tournaments. Last season, she and Hoffer were both members of the FSU Invitational All-Tournament teams. The five Seminoles on the all-tournament team are their most they had five on the 2004 FSU Invite and ACC Tournament squads.
Snyder Of Washington, Not Berlin, Has Big Opening Weekend If there was any questions about how rookie Michelle Snyder would play during her first collegiate games, they were answered over the weekend. Not only did the frosh third baseman play well, but she led the team in hitting with a .625 average (5-of-8) during the three games. Capping off her debut weekend was a three-run home run against Nicholls State on Saturday that boosted her to a team-best six RBIs. Snyder was sharp in the field as well, recording a team-high eight assists .
Brieske Leading By Example On And Off The Field Perhaps the main role of the team captain is leadership. Throughout her career, Carly Brieske has been a leader for the Seminoles off the field and last weekend she led by example on the field. The senior hit .500 for the three-game set, going 4-for-8, and scored three runs. Her single in the third inning against Nicholls State scored Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) with the winning run. In addition, Brieske made two running catches in center field against the Colonels. For her efforts, she was rewarded with the first all-tournament selection of her collegiate career.
First Base Suits Hoffer Just Fine Different position, same results, if not better, for Kim Hoffer. Used to the left side of the infield, the senior moved to first base last weekend and had one of her best offensive outputs. The Houston native went 3-for-6 (.500) with three runs scored and a pair of RBIs to get herself a spot on the Early Bird All-Tournament team. Hoffer showed off her wheels against Nicholls State as she laced an RBI triple to center field. It was just the second three-bagger of her FSU career. Hoffer is the only player in recent memory to play all four infield positions for the Seminoles.
Davis Runs Her Way Around The Bases To Career Highs This weekend, junior LaShaun Davis exemplified the team speed that coach Graf has talked about during the preseason. The right fielder stole a career-high two bases against Nicholls State on Saturday and parlayed those two swipes into two of three runs scored against the Colonels, which is also a career high. Had it not been for Michelle Snyder’s performance versus Nicholls State, Davis made have gotten player of the game honors as she went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI. A pair of walks over the weekend upped her on-base percentage to .500 for the two-day stint.
May Day For the second year in a row, a freshman pitcher recorded a victory in her first collegiate outing. Left-hander Melissa May (San Diego, Calif.) threw four innings in her first collegiate start against Samford to pick up the win over the Bulldogs. May gave up just two earned runs on six hits with four strikeouts. The rookie also got the start against Nicholls State the next day, giving up just two earned runs in two innings of work.
Middle Innings Magic The third and fourth innings have the been the big ones so far for the Seminole offense. Florida State has scored 16 of its 21 runs this season in those innings. Florida State scored six runs in the third inning and four more in the fourth against Nicholls State. FSU came back to put up two more in the third and three in the fourth the next day against Samford.
One Way Or Another, McDonald Is Going To Get You Sporting the blonde locks wasn’t the only thing new for pitcher Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) last weekend. Now the “veteran” of the staff, McDonald has to be ready to pitch in any situation. After giving up a career-high 12 runs against Louisville, the sophomore bounced back a few hours later to throw the last three innings and pick up the save against Samford. The save, just the second of her career — the first came on April 20 against Florida A&M — came in dramatic fashion as she came in with the bases loaded, and no outs, but got the next three batters out to end the inning. McDonald came on in relief again versus Nicholls St. this time to get the win as she threw the final three innings.
Infield Fly Rule (News and Notes) Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) moved into a tie for ninth place with Beth Wade on the FSU career charts with her 12th home run….Junior transfer Yuruby Alicart picked up her first hit at Florida State with her double in the third inning that scored Natasha Jacob with the eventually game-winning run…Senior catcher BillieAnne Gay (Tallahassee, Fla.) made back-to-back starts against Samford and Nicholls State and picked up a hit in each game…Every Seminole that got into the line-up this weekend made it on base at least once…Florida State opponents have scored eight of their 17 runs in the fourth inning and five more in the sixth.