March 12, 2007
#25 Florida State vs. Southern Mississippi
Tuesday, March 13 4 p.m. (DH)
Tallahassee, Fla. JoAnne Graf Field
Game 1: Watch Live! Game Tracker
Game 2: Live Audio Broadcast Gametracker
First Pitch (What You Need To Know):
Following a runner-up finish at the FSU Invitational, the Florida State softball team is back at home to play host to Southern Mississippi in a 4 p.m. doubleheader on Wednesday (March 13). The first game can be seen live through ACC Select.
Tuesday’s meeting with Southern Miss is the first between the two schools since 2004 when FSU took a pair, 5-1 & 9-1. FSU leads the all-time series 8-3, including a 3-2 mark in Tallahassee.
Player of the Year candidate Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) had a monster weekend during the FSU Invitational as she hit a tournament-best .519 on her way to earning her third all-tournament honors of the season.
All three starting pitchers for the Seminoles picked up two victories, including Terese Gober (McDonough, Ga.) who beat No. 18 Southern Illinois 6-0.
The win over the Salukis was the second of the season for the Seminoles against a ranked team. All eight of FSU’s losses have come to either ranked teams or schools that are receiving or went on to receive votes.
Seminoles Take On Southern Mississipp In Tuesday Twinbill
Coming off an appearances in the championship game of the FSU Invitational, the Florida State softball team will play host to a 4 p.m. doubleheader on Tuesday (March 13) against Southern Mississippi. The No. 25 Seminoles (18-8 overall) and the Golden Eagles (7-16) have not met since the 2004 season when FSU swept a pair of games during the Sunshine State Tournament. The first game of the doubleheader can be seen live through ACC Select streaming internet video. Overall, the Seminoles lead the series 8-3 with a 3-2 margin at home. Southern Miss has lost four of its last five, including getting swept during its conference opening weekend last week at Houston.
Hosts Finishes Runner-Up At FSU Invitational
The Seminoles continued to be poor hosts as they ran their record to 13-2 in home tournaments by finishing second at the FSU Invitational last weekend. Florida State advanced to the championship game where it fell 2-1 to No. 21 Georgia. The Seminoles best win of the tournament came in the semifinals as they beat No. 18 Southern Illinois, 6-0. Florida State waltz through pool play, beating Syracuse, 8-0, and Georgia State, 6-2, on the first day. Day two saw the Seminoles beat Appalachian State, 6-2, then finish pool play with a 9-1 decision in five innings over Maine. Crosstown rival Florida A&M was the Seminoles first victim in bracket play, 9-4.
Wootson Has Outstanding Weekend
Maybe she was trying to show off for her mother who flew across the country from California, but Player of the Year candidate Veronica Wootson had some extra pop in her bat as she hit a tournament-best .519 on the way to her third all-tournament honors of the year. She was also tops on the team with nine runs scored and nine stolen bases. Her performance moved her up on several ACC and FSU charts, including runs where she is now fourth in league and school history. The two-time All-American was outstanding as the leadoff hitter, reaching base in nine of the 12 times she led off an inning while coming around to score in seven of those occasions. Wootson had a hit in all seven games and is in the midst of a ten-game hitting streak.
News And Notes:
Second baseman Veronica Wootson and LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) are the only Seminoles who played against Southern Miss in 2004. Wootson had a single in the first game. Current USM assistant Auriel Jenkins played center field in those games and had a single the second contest … Pitcher Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) moved up to tenth in school history with the 102nd appearances of her career. She needs three more to get past Toni Guiterrez for ninth place … Freshman Carly Wynn became the first Seminole to hit a pair of home runs in a game since Wootson cracked a pair at Jacksonville last season … For the third time this year Florida State hit two home runs in an inning when Wynn and Wootson did it in the fifth against Georgia State. Wootson’s was the game winner. The other two games were South Carolina and Nebraska.