March 14, 2006
GREENSBORO, N.C. –
It’s the week she’s been waiting have and it earned her recognition from the league office. Florida State softball player Yuruby Alicart raised her average by 80 points last week and in doing so picked up Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Player of the Week honors as announced by the conference office on Monday (March 13).
Alicart (Maracay Venezuela) is the first Seminole to win the weekly award from the ACC this year. The last conference honor for FSU came on March 7, 2005 when LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) picked up the award. The honor is the 75th for Florida State, the most handed out to a single school.
“Yuruby hit the ball really hard,” FSU head coach JoAnne Graf said. “She got us going with a couple key home runs and played great defense. I think she took advantage when other teams made mistakes.”
During the eight games in which Florida State went 7-1 and won the Silver bracket of the FSU Invitational, Alicart hit .480 with six extra base hits and posted a .920 slugging percentage. In four of the eight contests she posted at least two hits including the first game of the March 7 doubleheader against Connecticut in which she went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
Her other weekly totals also included seven runs scored, eight RBIs, three doubles, two home runs and one triple. Alicart’s performance made her the overall team leader with four home runs, six doubles, 19 RBIs and a .613 slugging percentage. She is among the conference leaders in home runs, runs, doubles, RBI, triples total bases and slugging percentage.
“It’s an honor, I never expected it, and I’m just trying to help the team,” Alicart said. “We’ve been working really hard on offense and I’m starting to feel really comfortable with everything. I’m getting adjusted to the pitching and making good contact at the plate.”
Florida State concludes its three-game series with North Carolina on Tuesday (March 13) in a 4 p.m. doubleheader. After the ACC opener, the Seminoles will travel to Fullerton, Calif. for the Judi Garmen Classic.