April 10, 2007
Florida State Softball
Florida State vs. Florida A&M
Wednesday, April 11 6 p.m.
Tallahassee, Fla. JoAnne Graf Field at Seminole Softball Complex
First Pitch (What You Need To Know):
On Wednesday (April 11), the Florida State softball teams plays its last regular season contest against crosstown rival Florida A&M at 6 p.m.
This meeting between the Seminoles and the Rattlers is the 100th between the two schools. There have been nine other sets of schools that have met at least 100 times.
If Florida State can claim a victory over Florida A&M it would be their 93rd over the Rattlers, tying the mark for the most wins over one school.
Following Wednesday’s game, Florida State will hold its annual Home Run Derby with various student-athletes, coaches and staff taking part.
With a pair of home runs in game one of the Georgia Tech series, two-time All-American Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) moved into first place on the FSU career home run list. She also jumped up to 10th in ACC history.
FSU hurler Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) became just the fourth pitcher to shutout Georgia Tech during the last two years with her 8-0 blanking of the Yellow Jackets. The other three are Virginia Tech’s Angela Tincher, Kat Osterman/Meagan Denny of Texas and San Diego State’s Melissa Owens.
First baseman Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif,) has a team-high .524 career average against Florida A&M after a 2-for-2 performance in the previous meeting that included an RBI triple.
With four home runs over the weekend, the Seminoles have upped their season total to 33 for the year, which is just one back of last year’s sum. With at least 22 games still remaining, FSU is 11 back of the single-season record of 44 set in 2004.
Florida State Breaks Up Road Swing With Rattlers Wednesday
Taking a break from its stretch of 11 games on the road, the Florida State softball team returns to JoAnne Graf Field on Wednesday (April 11) to play host to crosstown rival Florida A&M in a 6 p.m. The Seminoles have won the first three meetings by a combined score of 22-4, including an 8-0 decision on March 21.
Florida State And Florida A&M Hit The Century Mark
The longest running softball series in the state of Florida turns 100 on Wednesday as the Seminoles and Rattlers renew their rivalry. There have only been nine other sets of schools that have met 100 times or more. Currently New Mexico and New Mexico State hold the record with 128 meetings. Six of the nine meetings are by teams with more than one series of 100 games or more. A win by the Seminoles would be their 93rd over FAMU and tie Cal State Fullerton for the most wins over one school. After sweeping UC Santa Barbara two weeks ago, the Titans have 93 wins against the Gauchos.
Seminoles Can’t Out-Slug Georgia Tech Over The Weekend
Taking on the top offense in the conference, Florida State didn’t quite have the firepower to hang with Georgia Tech as the Seminoles dropped two of three games against the No. 25 Yellow Jackets. Two-time Veronica Wootson provided all the offense the Seminoles would need in game one as she belted home runs in the first and second innings and Tiffany McDonald shut the Yellow Jackets down 8-0 in game one. Unfortunately, Georgia Tech would make up for the offensive shortcomings in the opener by winning game two 9-1 and taking the finale 7-6. FSU rallied for six runs in the last three innings, including a home run by Yuruby Alicart, but it couldn’t get the tying run across in the seventh.
News And Notes…
Sunday’s loss was just the second time this year the Seminoles lost when scoring six or more runs. The first was a 9-8 loss to Tennessee Tech at the NFCA Leadoff Classic … The 7-6 loss was also FSU’s 13th one-run loss of the year, which is the same number of one-run losses it had the previous two seasons … Yuruby Alicart’s home run on Sunday was her tenth of the season, making her the first player in school history to hit ten or more home runs in two seasons … The eight-run loss on Saturday was FSU’s worse loss of the year and the first time since April 22, 2006, that it lost by the eight-run rule… Veronica Wootson tied Virginia’s Heather Field for eighth in ACC history with 254 hits and two more base knocks will give her sole possession of the number seven spot … By making two appearances over the weekend, Tiffany McDonald climbed up to number six in school history with 116 career games.