April 18, 2006
Florida State hosts Troy
Tuesday, April 18 4 p.m. (DH) Tallahassee, Fla.
JoAnne Graf Field at Seminole Softball Complex (1,000)
Florida State (32-21, 7-7 ACC)
Troy (24-29, 3-3 Sun Belt)
Sun Belt: 3-3
Base Hits (What You Need To Know):
Florida State plays its final home games of the regular season on Tuesday (April 18) when it plays host to Troy in a 4 p.m. doubleheader.
Sophomore pitcher Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) recorded the most strikeouts since 2000 with 19 in the first game of the NC State series. The right-hander took a no-hitter into the ninth inning, but was saddled with the loss.
The Seminoles hit a pair of triples over the weekend to increase their national lead to 22 triples this season.
FSU Takes The Field At Home One Last Time Versus Troy
It seems like just yesterday the Florida State University softball team was opening the 2006 campaign with the Early Bird Tournament, but after 41 games at JoAnne Graf Field the home campaign is about to come to an end. The Seminoles will play their final home games of the season Tuesday (April 18) when they take on Troy in a 4 p.m. doubleheader. In between the two games, the five seniors on this year’s team will be recognized.
Seminoles Try To Bounce Back From `05 Sweep By Trojans
The Seminoles hope one trend continues Tuesday as they return the favor to teams that swept them last year. After being swept by Georgia Tech and Florida in 2005, FSU came back to take two of three versus the Yellow Jackets and both games versus the Gators. The third team to sweep FSU last year was Troy as the Trojans took a pair last year – 5-3 & 3-1 – at home last year. The wins snapped the Seminoles’ six-game winning streak over Troy. However, Troy has had its struggles in Tallahassee, losing its last eight games at Florida State to give the Seminoles a 11-2 advantage at home. The Trojans last win in the Big Bend was a 5-0 shutout in 1998.
Five Seniors Take Their Curtain Call
Next season there will be a big void on the team as Dr. JoAnne Graf has to replace the five seniors on this year’s team. Tuesday will be the last regular season home game for outfielder Carly Brieske (Safety Harbor, Fla.), outfielder Carey Galuppi (Boca Raton, Fla.), catcher BillieAnne Gay (Tallahassee, Fla.), infielder Kim Hoffer (Houston, Texas) and outfielder Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas) Florida State has not had this big of a senior class since the 2002 campaign when it also had five seniors, including All-Americans Leslie Malerich and Brandi Stuart. This year’s senior class has won 175 games to date during its four years with a pair of ACC Championships in 2003 & 2004 plus the 2004 trip to the Women’s College World Series. As good as this class has been on the field, it may be even better in the classroom. All five seniors have been on the ACC Academic Honor Roll at least once during the career with a total of 12 awards with Brieske, Galuppi and Jacob making it onto the list all three years of their career. Last year Jacob received Second-Team Academic All-America honors while she and Galuppi were named NFCA Scholar-Athlete All-Americans in 2005.
Doubleheader Sweep Gives NC State Weekend Series
With over half of its losses by two runs or less, Florida State has been in nearly every game this year and that was the case last weekend as NC State came away with a two-run and one-run victory to take two of three from the Seminoles. The Wolfpack scored the only runs of Saturday’s first game in the ninth inning to prevail 2-0 then jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the nightcap before hanging to the 6-5 victory. Florida State avoided the sweep by taking Sunday’s contest 2-0.
McDonald Had The Pack’s Number
It’s hard to believe that a pitcher can strikeout 19 batters, take a no-hitter into the ninth inning and still lose, but that’s what happen to Tiffany McDonald on Saturday. The sophomore’s strikeout count exceeded the career highs of All-Americans Leslie Malerich, Jessica van der Linden and Casey Hunter, but the offense could only muster four hits. Sunday she was almost as dominant, taking a no-no into the sixth inning before giving up a lead-off double, but that would be the only hit of the day against her. In two games versus NC State, McDonald gave up just five hits with 27 strikeouts. The righty ranks second in the NCAA for appearances (38) and innings pitched (220.2) and her 21 victories is in the top ten.
See You At Third
Triples by Yuruby Alicart and Veronica Wootson (Fontanta, Calif) increased Florida State’s national lead to 22 triples this season. Wootson is the ACC leader with seven triples and rates second in the NCAA standings. The 22 triples are the 12th most in school history and marked the fifth time in six seasons that FSU recorded at least 20 triples.
Buckmon Riding Eight Game Hitting Streak
Sandwiched between Natasha Jacob and Yuruby Alicart, designated player Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) can get lost in the shuffle, but she has been using that anonymity to her advantage lately. The sophomore is riding an eight-game hitting streak into Tuesday. During this run, she has raised her average to .283, the highest it’s been since the middle of March. The team leader with 12 sacrifice hits, she also ranks in the top five on the team in stolen bases (2nd -13), runs (3rd – 32), and at-bats (3rd – 152)