May 9, 2007
GREENSBORO, N.C. –
While the Florida State softball team didn’t reach its first goal of winning the regular season ACC title, the league coaches were more than aware of the accomplishments of the 2007 squad. The Seminoles led all schools with five All-ACC selections between the two teams as announced by the conference office on Wednesday (May 9).
Senior shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) was the only Seminole on the First-Team. Making up Florida State’s second team selections were 2007 ACC Freshman of the Year Monica Montez (Corona, Calif.), junior outfielder Whitney Buckmon, junior pitcher Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) and senior second baseman Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.).
For Wootson it is the third selection of her career – following First-Team honors in 2004 & 2006 – making her just the eighth player in school history to earn a trio of All-ACC awards. The First-Team selection is the second in a row for Alicart. Montez, Buckmon and McDonald all received their first All-ACC awards.
“I think this shows the total team effort that we got this season,” FSU head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said. “All season long we’ve had someone different step up and that shows the amount of depth we have this year. All five of them are very deserving.
“Yuruby has had an outstanding season down the stretch and Veronica is putting an exclamation point at the end of one of the best careers we’ve ever had. Monica play great particularly during ACC games and Whitney has been our most consistent hitter all year. Tiffany has been outstanding for us all season, but has just had some bad luck with the lack of run support or lackluster defense.”
Alicart has put together one of the best two-year runs in school history since coming to FSU from Thomas University last season. She has reset her school record with 14 home runs this year and has moved up to second in school history. The school record holder with a .635 slugging percentage, she is also fourth for 34 doubles. Ranked in the ACC in six offensive categories, including number three at 15 doubles, Alicart is on four ACC lists during conference games, topped out at number three with 22 runs scored.
The rookie Montez was on fire during conference games, leading the ACC with a pair of triples while coming in second with her .429 batting average. She is sixth FSU player to earn Freshman of the Year honors and the first rookie to be named to an All-ACC team since Melissa Wood in 2005. She was also ranked in the top ten for hits, total bases, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
All season long Buckmon has been one of the most consistent players on the team, as is evidence with her .345 batting average that is second on the squad and just outside the ACC Top Ten. She is one game shy of qualifying for the ACC top ten where she would rank in stolen bases (16) and triples (2). Buckmon is also just off from making the conference only rankings for hits (14), triples (1) and stolen bases (6).
Despite a 15-13 record, McDonald is second in the ACC with a 1.38 ERA that dips to 1.23 during league games. Her ERA is 30th in the country and she also ranks 32nd with three saves and 44th at 8.2 strikeouts per seven innings. McDonald’s save of the second game at Troy made her the all-time FSU saves leader with eight. Earlier in the year she tied the ACC record by throwing all 14 innings of the 4-2 victory over Maryland.
Few careers have been as good as Wootson’s at Florida State. She is on virtually every Florida State career top ten – including the school record 28 home runs – and is on five ACC lists. Second in ACC history with 193 runs, she is 29th in NCAA history as well as 22nd with 855 at-bats. A two-time all-American, she is the ACC leader with four triples and is on three more ACC top tens.
Fourth-seeded FSU starts its quest for its 11th ACC Tournament title on Thursday when it takes on the number five seed North Carolina at 5:30 p.m. on JoAnne Graf Field