April 6, 2007
Florida State Softball
Florida State at #25 Georgia Tech
Saturday-Sunday, April 7-8 1 p.m. (DH)/1 p.m.
Atlanta, Ga. Glenn Field
First Pitch (What You Need To Know):
Coming off a sweep over Maryland last weekend to move into third place in the ACC, the Florida State softball team continues its week on the road by traveling north to take on Georgia Tech in a three-game weekend series. Both games of Saturday’s doubleheader can be seen on ACC Select.
The Seminoles went 4-2 against the Yellow Jackets last year, including a pair of victories over Georgia Tech in the ACC Tournament. Florida State beat the Yellow Jackets 7-4 to get into the championship game.
This weekend’s games features the two best offenses in the conference as Georgia Tech comes in hitting .324 while the Seminoles are at .285
Pitcher Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) picked up all four victories over Georgia Tech last year. She has a career record of 4-3 versus GT and 3.26 ERA with 20 strikeouts in 43 innings of work.
This is the final trip home for Marietta, Ga., native LaShaun Davis. She has a career .281 average against the Yellow Jackets. FSU’s roster features four players from the state of Georgia: Davis, Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain), Terese Gober (McDonough), and Carly Wynn (Sharpsburg).
Florida State leads the all-time series with Georgia Tech 39-11, including an 11-4 mark in Atlanta. However, the last trip to Georgia Tech was less than memorable as the Seminoles were swept by GT and hurler Jessica Sallinger threw a no-hitter.
FSU Resumes ACC Action This Weekend At No. 25 Georgia Tech
Having enjoyed the luxuries of home for two of its first three conference weekends, the Florida State softball team is back on the road this weekend. The Seminoles (27-17 overall, 5-4 ACC) travel to Atlanta for a three-game series with No. 25 Georgia Tech (34-12, 4-5) starting Saturday at 1 p.m. Both games of the doubleheader can be seen live through ACC Select. The two teams wrap up the weekend Sunday with a single 1 p.m. contest.
Seminoles And Yellow Jackets Very Familiar With One Another
Over the last fives seasons, Florida State has played Georgia Tech more than any other school in the league and only Florida A&M has been in the opposing dugout more. Going into this weekend the two schools have met 22 times since 2002 with FSU holding a 15-7 advantage, but the Yellow Jackets are 3-2 at home during that stretch. Overall, Florida State leads the series 39-11, 24-8 in ACC play, and 11-4 in Atlanta. FSU’s last trip to Atlanta was a less than enjoyable as the Yellow Jackets swept the three-game series and Jessica Sallinger threw a no-hitter in the opener. Last year the Seminoles were 4-2 versus Georgia Tech, including a 7-4 decision that put Florida State in the championship game of the ACC Tournament.
Seminoles Keeping It Close
If losing close games strengthens a team, then the Seminoles should be as tough as they come by the end of the year. Of Florida State’s 17 losses, 12 of them have been by one run, including the second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader at Florida, and 14 of the 17 losses are by two runs or less. Up until the 5-1 loss in the first game of the Florida twinbill the Seminoles were the only team in the conference to not lose by more than three runs in any game. Things typically break down for the Seminoles later in the game as opponents have scored 59 of their 96 runs against the Seminoles in the fourth inning and beyond. In conjunction, 14 of the opponent’s 17 game-winning runs have come in the fourth inning and beyond.
News And Notes…
The second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader was just the second time this year that Florida State lost a game when taking the lead into the seventh inning … Until game one at Florida, the Seminoles hadn’t given five runs in a game since the opening game of the NC State series on March 3 … Two-time All-American Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) broke an 0-for-24 streak with an RBI single in the first game against Florida … Led by Whitney Buckmon’s .381 average, FSU hit .348 as a team versus Georgia Tech last year. LaShaun Davis (.375), Yuruby Alicart (.368) and Wootson (.350) all hit above .350 against GT … Wootson needs just two hits to move up to ninth in ACC history with 253 while four hits will jump her to seventh … Florida State is 50-22 on the road during ACC competition as part of its 108-37 overall record, but the Seminoles have an 8-10 mark on the road the last three years … GT Tiffany Johnson went 1-2 in the circle and 2-for-11 at the plate against FSU last year while at Florida A&M.