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Three Seminoles Garner All-ACC Honors; McDonald Named Co-Freshman Of The Year

May 11, 2005


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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Florida State offensive leader Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas/Coppell HS) was named All-ACC first team and freshman Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash./North Mason HS) earned Co-Freshman of the Year honors, as announced by the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Wednesday night at the conference banquet. Senior pitcher Casey Hunter (Millstadt, Ill./ Belleville West HS) and freshman Melissa Wood (Lilburn, Ga./Parkview HS) were selected to the league’s second team.

Virginia’s Sarah Larquier was chosen as the ACC Player of the Year and Georgia Tech’s Jessica Sallinger earned the inaugural ACC Pitcher of the Year award. Tech’s Aileen Morales shared Co-Freshman honors with McDonald.

Jacob had nothing short of a spectacular junior campaign as she led the Seminoles in offense the entire season. Furthermore, she owns an 18-game hit streak entering the 14th Annual ACC Championship on Thursday against Virginia Tech at 1:30 p.m. (ET). She finished the regular season ranked sixth in the league in batting average (.350), hits (62), total bases (75), steals (13) and on base percentage (.440). Jacob was a finalist for the 2005 ACC Player of the Year award. Tonight marked the second time straight year that she was named All-ACC.

ACC Freshman of the Year, Tiffany McDonald

McDonald missed the entire “fall ball” season of her freshman campaign and had to almost completely learn how to pitch. Once recovering, she opened the season with a 10-1 record and led the Seminoles with a 1.60 ERA. She made 30 appearances and threw 152.2 innings of work, which is the most by any Florida State rookie in the program’s illustrious history. She finished sixth in the ACC in earned-run average, ninth in innings pitches, ninth in strikeouts, fourth in shutouts (4), and ninth in complete games.

Only four former Seminoles have won the ACC Rookie of the Year, including current sophomore second baseman Veronica Wootson, who was last year’s winner. Eventual 2004 USA Softball Player of the Year and Honda Award Winner for softball, Jessica van der Linden, was named Freshman of the Year in 2001.

Hunter garnered All-ACC accolades for the third time in her career. Her 299 strikeouts this season established a single season

Freshman Melissa Wood

career record for the NFCA All-American. She needs 46 more K’s to become the all-time Florida State strikeout queen. Hunter is ranked fourth all-time in the ACC in earned-run average (0.91), fifth in victories (83), fourth in strikeouts (854), seventh in complete games (82), and sixth in innings pitch. She has a career record of 83-25 which means she has won 77 percent of her games in four seasons.

As a freshman, Wood led the Seminoles in slugging percentage (.440), RBIs (24) and tied with a team-best six home runs. She finished the league race ninth in home runs and her first round-tripper of her career was a grand slam against LeHigh at the Leadoff Classic. The rookie catcher caught 16 runners stealing this year and was named all-tournament at the FSU Invitational.











2005 ACC All-Conference First Team

Jen Chamberlin ………………………… NC State

Anna Evans ……………………………. North Carolina

Amy Hosier ……………………………. Georgia Tech

Natasha Jacob …………………………. Florida State

Lindsay Klein …………………………. Maryland

Sara Larquier …………………………. Virginia

Caitlin Lever …………………………. Georgia Tech

Jessica Sallinger ……………………… Georgia Tech

Christine Sheridan …………………….. Georgia Tech

Abbie Sims ……………………………. NC State

Jenn Wynn …………………………….. Virginia


2005 ACC All-Conference Second Team

Kelly Brown …………………………… Virginia Tech

Elea Crockett …………………………. Virginia

Crystal Cox …………………………… North Carolina

Megan Evans …………………………… Virginia Tech

Heather Gelbard ……………………….. NC State

Casey Hunter ………………………….. Florida State

Aileen Morales ………………………… Georgia Tech

Jessica Taylor ………………………… Virginia

Melissa Wood ………………………….. Florida State

Player of the Year

Sara Larquier …………………………. Virginia

Pitcher of the Year

Jessica Sallinger ……………………… Georgia Tech

Freshman of the Year

Tiffany McDonald ………………………. Florida State

Aileen Morales ………………………… Georgia Tech

Coach of the Year

Ehren Earleywine ………………………. Georgia Tech

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