May 5, 2007
Florida State Softball
Florida State at Auburn
Saturday, May 6 Auburn, Ala. 1 p.m. (CDT)
Jane B. Moore Field (1,500)
First Pitch (What You Need To Know):
Winner’s of 14 of its last 15 games, the Florida State softball team completes the regular by traveling to Auburn for a 1 p.m. (CDT) contest.
The Seminoles lead the all-time series with the Tigers 12-4-1, but Auburn took last year’s meeting 7-2 in Tallahassee.
Auburn head coach Tina Deese (Kyler) was the top pitcher for the Seminoles in 1984 when they moved from slowpitch to fastpitch competition. She still rates in five career and single-season lists, including the third best ERA in school history (0.50).
Florida State has won its last six games after sweeping Friday’s doubleheader from North Florida, 5-0 & 2-1.
First baseman Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) streak of consecutive home runs was stopped at four games after a solo homer in the fourth inning of Friday’s game one.
All-Region shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) upped her hitting streak to 13 games with hits in both of Friday’s games. In addition, she drove the 104th run of her career to move her into tenth place in FSU history.
With seven at-bats on Friday, Two-time All-American Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) broke the FSU career record 852 career at-bats, which also ranks 22nd in NCAA history. She also scored her 193 run to move up to 29th in NCAA lore.
Seminoles Wrap Up 2007 Regular Season At Auburn On Sunday
Three months after the regular season began with the Seminole Classic, the Florida State softball team concludes the scheduled portion of the 2007 slate on Sunday (May 6). The Seminoles (42-20 overall) go on the road to take on Auburn (25-30) in a single, 1 p.m. (CDT) affair. The game can be heard live on streaming internet radio by logging on to www.seminoles.com.
Tigers Find Themselves In Unusual Spot
A staple in the NCAA Tournament the last few years, the Auburn Tigers are in unfamiliar territory as they will not even make the SEC Tournament, let alone the Big Dance. A slight dip in Auburn’s production has made a big difference as the Tigers’ batting average is slightly down from .280 to .247 and their ERA has risen to 2.47 from 1.78 but their record has swung by ten victories. Senior pitcher Holly Currie leads the team with a .310 batting average, but her record is 9-11 in the circle. Hurler Anna Thompson leads the team with a 1.76 ERA, but has a 14-15 mark. Auburn dugout boss Tina Deese is 4-12-1 against her alma mater.
Alicart Finding Her Swing At The Right Time
With the postseason right around the corner, shortstop Yuruby Alicart has picked the right time to heat up at the plate. During the last 15 games, in which FSU is 14-1, the First-Team All-ACC selection is hitting .452 with 15 runs scored and 15 RBIs. She also has a .857 slugging percentage and .531 on-base percentage. Alicart has five doubles during that span to move into a tie for fifth in FSU history with Leslie Palmer at 33 doubles. Her 26 career home runs are second all-time to Veronica Wootson’s 28. Balanced
Pitching Staff Guiding Hot Streak
During the last 15 games the pitching staff has been outstanding with a staff ERA of 1.13, including freshman Terese Gober (McDonough, Ga.) at 0.66 and junior Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) with a rate of 0.98. All three pitchers have thrown at least 30 innings during that span and have at least four victories. The 5-0 win by Gober over North Florida was the 17th shutout for the Seminoles this year, which is the most since the 2004 staff posted 36 shutouts.
News And Notes…
The 2-1 victory over North Florida was FSU’s second one-run victory in a week and doubled its total for the year to four … Friday’s game two victory was just the fourth time this year Florida State won a game when being out-hit (9-5) … Florida State is 2-3 against the SEC after getting swept by Florida (April 4) … In addition to moving up in the national rankings, Veronica Wootson’s run on Friday took over sole possession of second place in ACC and FSU history … LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) drew a walk against UNF to move up to tenth in FSU history with 70 free passes … FSU has 83 doubles this year, which is the second highest total behind the 2001 team that hit 93 … The Seminoles have given up 27 fewer home runs than last year’s staff that gave up a record 47.