May 25, 2006
Florida State at NCAA Tournament
Tempe Super Regional
Fri-Sat, May 26-27 7 p.m/8 p.m. (EST) Tempe, Ariz.
Farrington Stadium (1,535)
Florida State (44-28, 10-10 ACC)
Arizona State (50-13, 11-10 PAC-10)
Base Hits (What You Need To Know):
This will be the first appearance in the NCAA Tournament The NCAA adopted the Super Regional format last
Florida State and Arizona State met earlier this year Fullerton, Calif. The Seminoles won the game 1-0 in ten
The Seminoles advanced to the Super Regional by winning weekend. FSU beat No. 8 Georgia, 2-0, in Sunday’s game game 3-1.
Freshman Melissa May (San Diego, Calif.) threw a Bulldogs in the finale. The left-hander, who missed 28 since April 1 against Georgia Tech.
Sophomore Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) is the pitched and 55 appearances. She needs just three ACC record for innings pitched.
Florida State is 10-4 in the month of May with all 14 games Seminoles last home game was April 18 against Troy.
Road Trip To Oklahoma City Continues In Tempe
A month ago, the Florida State University softball team was probably on the bubble of its 19th NCAA Tournament appearance. Fast forward to today and the Seminoles are on the brink of their eighth Women’s College World Series. Florida State will try to take the next step this weekend when they travel to Tempe, Ariz., for the NCAA Tournament Super Regional. The Seminoles start their best of three series against sixth-seeded Arizona STate with a single game Friday (May 26) at 7 p.m. (EST). Game two is at 8 p.m. (EST) on Saturday (May 27) with a third game, if necessary, at 11 p.m. (EST). All the games will be broadcast by CSTV, which is channel 610 on DirecTV and channel 152 on Dish Network.
Super Regional Is Rematch Of Judi Garmen Classic Meeting
Florida State and Arizona State are no strangers after a March 16 meeting at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif. The Seminoles outlasted the then No. 10/11 Sun Devils, winning a 10-ining marathon 1-0. With the international tiebreaker invoked, second baseman Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) scored from second base when Brittany Osmon’s (San Diego, Calif.) sacrifice bunt was thrown down the first base line. Sophomore Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) set a then career-high with 14 strikeouts.
Seminoles And Sun Devils Meet For First Time In Postseason
Of the seven previous meetings with Arizona State, none have come during the regular season. Also, this will be the first meeting between the two schools on home turf. The past seven contests have all occurred on neutral fields. Arizona State holds a 4-3 advantage in the all-time series, but Florida State has won two of the last three.
Florida State Wins Athens Regional
The Seminoles became just one of three teams to upset one of the 16 national seeds as they beat host Georgia twice to claim the regional title. Florida State started its run with a 7-2 decision over Coastal Carolina on Friday. The next day, the Seminoles jumped out to a 3-0 lead thanks to three Bulldog errors on their way to a 3-2 triumph. Needing just one victory over eighth-ranked UGA, Florida Stated dropped the first contest on Sunday, 3-1, due to its own defensive miscues. The Seminoles rebounded to take the deciding game 2- 0 to advance to the Super Regional.
Home Sweet Home?
During the month of May, Florida State has put together a solid 10-4 record, but what may be most impressive is that all of the games have been on the road. The Seminoles have not played a home game since April 18 when they split a doubleheader with Troy. The new road warriors are hitting .309 in May with a staff ERA of 2.09. By the time Florida State returns from the Super Regional, it will have logged approximately 6,665 miles on the road during the month of May.
Having missed 20 games with an illness, few knew what to expect from freshman pitcher Melissa May in the final game of the Athens Regional. What the Seminoles got was nothing short of a spectacular performance. The left-hander pitched a three-hit shutout against the No. 8 Bulldogs with four strikeouts. May only need 82 pitches to beat Georgia, primarily because she only faced four batters over the minimum and only allowed one runner to reach second base.
FSU Has Strong Regional History
Over the years, Florida State has built up its national reputation through its performance in the postseason. The Seminoles rank sixth nationally with their 19 NCAA Tournament appearances, trailing only Fresno State (25), UCLA (23), Cal State Fullerton (22), Cal (22) and Arizona (20). The three victories in the Athens Regional up FSU’s total to 39, which rates as the ninth most. The 11-year from 1986 to 1996 rates as the fifth longest streak of consecutive regionals.
When it comes to NCAA Tournament play, the Pac-10 seems to have the Seminoles’ number. Florida State has a 5-16 record against the conference during the NCAA Tournament with two of those wins coming against Oregon in the 2004 Regional and one more versus Washington in the 2004 WCWS. Florida State has had moderate success on Pac-10 campuses, holding a 5-4 mark during regionals at Arizona (1995) and UCLA (2000. The Seminoles most memorable win over the Pac-10 came at the 2002 WCWS when Monique Marier hit a home run in the top of the ninth as FSU beat No. 1 UCLA 2-1.
Florida State has surpassed nearly every offensive number from last season, including the most important one – wins. The Seminoles are nine victories better from 2005 thanks to an improved offense. The improvement has a total team effort as eight players are hitting .270 or better while last season only one player – Natasha Jacob at .359 – could claim that. Florida State has 138 extra base hits this year, the most in school history. The Seminoles have been more aggressive on the base paths as is evidence with their 51 stolen bases. This year’s offensive has been of the best in recent history as the 2006 edition ranks in the top five in Seminole lore in doubles (2nd – 76), hits (3rd – 561), home runs (3rd – 33), triples (5th – 29) and RBIs (5th – 261).
Signs Pointing Florida State To Oklahoma City?
In 2005, the Seminoles only notched 35 victories, the last time the Seminoles won less than 40 games was 1989 when the Seminoles won 38 games. In 1990, Florida Staterebounded by winning nine more games and finishing third in the nation, its best WCWS finish. In the two previous seasons that Florida State has hit 30 or more home runs (2002 & 2004), the season has ended at the WCWS. This year’s team has tied the 2002 squad at 33 bombs.
Alicart Becomes First Member Of 50-50 Club
During the regional, shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) scored a trio of runs, making her the first player in school history to drive in 50 runs (53) and score 50 runs (51). Up until now, the closest was Jessica van der Linden when she drove in 55 and scored 49 during the 2004 season. The First-Team NFCA All-Southeast Region selection has set the FSU single-season records with 12 home runs and 18 doubles.
Buckmon Gets It Done In Her Home State
A return to her native Georgia is just what designated player Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) needed. The sophomore was tops on the team with her .462 batting average during the four games. She tied a career-high with three hits in the regional opener against Coastal Carolina. Brieske Not Going Quietly Into The Night Senior captain Carly Brieske (Safety Harbor, Fla.) is making the most of her final games. The ACC All-Tournament selection has been the top hitter on the team in the postseason (ACC & NCAA) with a ..375 average (9-of-24).
McDonald Is Having Supersized Sophomore Season
When the season began, Tiffany McDonald knew she was going to be the workhorse of the pitching staff, but she probably didn’t know that she would be setting records along the way. The national leader with 320.2 innings, and 55 appearances, she need just three innings to surpass the Florida State and ACC record of 323.0 innings, set by former FSU All-American Leslie Malerich. Malerich also holds both marks with her 58 appearances. Ironically, both records were set during her sophomore year. McDonald’s 306 strikeouts is an FSU sophomore record and ranks fourth in FSU lore, while her 30 triumphs are sixth. In only her second year, McDonald has broke in the FSU career charts with 454 strikeouts.
Jacob Looking To Sets Some Records On Her Way Out
Over the last two years, left fielder Natasha Jacob has been the go-to player for Florida State. With her career winding down, the All-America candidate has a chance to set some single-season records in her last campaign. The First-Team All-ACC pick is just four at bats from breaking Veronica Wootson’s FSU and ACC single season at-bats mark of 248. Seven more hits would give her 100, making her the first player in conference history to hit the century mark. Currently ranks the Second-Team Academic All-American is 4th in school history for hits (270) – placing her sixth in the ACC – and at-bats (785), 6th in steals (69) – 8th in ACC – 9th in runs (147), and 9th for average (.344).
Ground Rule Double (News & Notes):
First baseman Brittany Osmon might be vying for the title of Miss May, given her performance of late. The sophomore is second on the team with a .385 average, including a team-best 12 RBIs and two home runs….Florida State placed three players on the NFCA / Louisville Slugger All-Southeast Region team: Natasha Jacob, Veronica Wootson and Yuruby Alicart…The Seminoles may be a litte camera shy. Florida State has a 1-4 record when playing on television this season, including a loss to North Carolina State in the ACC Tournament Championship…Florida State has an 8-7 record when given a chance to advance to the next round of the NCAA Tounrmanet…Seniors Carey Galuppi (Boca Raton, Fla.) and BillieAnne Gay (Tallahassee, Fla.) got their first NCAA Tournament hits over the weekend in Athens….All five members of this year’s senior class graduated this semester and received their degrees in four years…Florida State was 2-5 this year in the first game of its ACC series…This is the eighth season that the Seminoles have played 70 or more games and the five in the last six years. The record for the most number of games played in a year is 78, set by the 2000 squad that went 51-27 on its way to the World Series. Four players from that team played all 78 games.