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Seminole Softball Game Day: FSU Travels Across Town To Florida A&M

Feb. 28, 2006

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Florida State at Florida A&M
Tuesday, February 28 • 6 p.m. • Tallahassee, Fla.
Moore-Kittles Field (500

Florida State (8-5)
Home: 7-2
Away: 1-1
Neutral: 0-2
ACC: 0-0

Florida A&M (5-6) 
Home: 1-1 
Away: 3-2 
Neutral 1-3 
MEAC: 0-0

Base Hits (What You Need To Know):
• Florida State holds an 85-6 lead over Florida A&M and has won 19 of the last 20 games, though the Rattlers did win one of the four contests last season. The Seminoles own a 39-4 record at FAMU.

• The Seminoles and Rattlers will play four times throughout the year with games at FAMU on Tuesday and April 3 while the action moves to JoAnne Graf Field on March 29 and April 12.

• Seminole starting pitcher Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) has taken a perfect game into the fourth inning of two of her last three starts.

• Thursday’s game with Michigan will be the first time a defending national champion has played in Tallahassee. FSU is 0-14 against a reigning champion.

• The Seminoles are 5-2 in home tournaments this season and were champions of the Seminole Classic. Last year Florida State was 9-4 in home tournaments.

• Florida State associate head coach Louie Berndt was an All-Region second baseman at Western Michigan, the Seminoles’ second opponent on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Seminoles Travel Across Town To Take On Florida A&M
It’s the longest running, and most played, series in the history of Florida State University softball and it commences Tuesday (February 28) at 6 p.m. when the Seminoles take on Florida A&M. Tuesday’s contest will be the 92nd meeting between the two schools, the most for any FSU series. The two schools have met at least four times a year, every year since 1984 with the exception of the 1986 season. The Seminoles hold an 85-6 lead against the Rattlers, and have won 19 of the last 20, but Florida A&M did break through for a victory in the second game of a doubleheader at FAMU last year. Four of the Rattlers six wins have come at home where the series is 39-4 in FSU’s favor.

Runs Hard To Come By At NFCA Leadoff Classic
Facing two of the top teams in the country, the Seminoles were not at their best offensively as they managed to collect only three hits during the two games played at the NFCA Leadoff Classic last weekend in Columbus, Ga. Left fielder Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas) collected Florida State’s only base hit against No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette, while Kim Hoffer (Houston, Texas) and Whitney Buckmon (Marietta, Ga.) had hits against No. 2 Tennessee. Buckmon’s came in the sixth inning against two-time All-American pitcher Monica Abbott.

McDonald Has Been Money
The last three games sophomore Tiffany McDonald has pitched may have been the best of her young Seminole career. During those last three outings she has a 0.74 ERA having given up just two earned runs in 19 innings of work with 17 strikeouts. Against Jacksonville she was five outs away from throwing the first perfect game of her FSU career and that was on the heels of taking a perfect game into the fourth against Iowa State. Even though she took the loss, McDonald held No. 2 Tennessee to just one run on four hits.

On Base Streak Ends For Natasha Jacob
First it was her 28-game hitting streak that ended two weeks ago against Georgia Southern and then over the weekend the on-base streak for Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas) came to a halt against No. 2 Tennessee on Friday (Feb. 24). The streak, which coincided with the start of her hit streak, began on April 3, 2005, at Virginia Tech and stopped at 36 games following a bunt single to lead off the Louisiana-Lafayette game.

Snyder Continues Strong Start To Freshman Campaign
During the last five games, no player has been hitting the ball better than rookie third baseman Michelle Snyder (Wenatchee, Wash.). Over the last five contests, her .429 batting average (6-of-14) is nearly 100 points higher than the next closest Seminole. She has also driven in a trio of runs and has a .500 slugging percentage that is second only to Veronica Wootson’s (Fontana, Calif.) .867 clip.

Can I Help You Find Your Seat?
The Seminole pitchers almost had their streak of consecutive games with a strikeout snapped last weekend but Tiffany McDonald came through with a pair of strikeouts in the fourth inning against Tennessee. Florida State’s staff has struck out at least one batter in the last 42 games dating back to a March 27 contest at Georgia Tech

1,100 And Counting
Florida State head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf is still looking for her 1,101st victory. She became just the second coach in NCAA history to amass 1,100 wins last week in the first game against Jacksonville, but has been stuck their for the last three games

Ground Rule Double (News & Notes):
Speaking of the three-straight losses, the Seminoles still have a ways to go to match their longest losing streak from 2005 when they dropped six-straight…It was a rough welcome to collegiate softball for freshman Kayla Collins (Niceville, Fla.). After missing the first 11 games of the season, the rookie hurler came on in relief of Melissa May (San Diego, Calif.) in the third inning of the ULL game only to give up ten earned runs in 2.1 innings of work. Currently her ERA stands at 30.0…The 14-0 loss to the Ragin Cajuns was the second worst loss in school history and the second time FSU has been run ruled in 2006. Prior to this year, the last time the Seminoles were run-ruled was on April 8, 2000, when they lost 9-0 to Southern Mississippi. 2000 was also the last time FSU was run-ruled twice in a season as they also lost to UL-Lafayette 9-1.

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