April 28, 2003
Tallahassee, FL –
Seminole catcher Elisa Vasquez topped off her best week ever in a Seminole uniform with her first-ever ACC Player of the Week selection. The Hesperia, CA native added to her team lead in RBIs (40), two out RBIs (17) and game-winning RBIs (9) this past week as she led FSU to sweeps over No. 22/25 Florida and Virginia. This is her first-ever ACC Player of the Week honor and she is the fifth Florida State player chosen for the honor. Only UNC has as many selections as FSU this year.
Vasquez knocked in three game-winning RBIs and 10 RBIs overall as she led FSU offensively to a 4-0 record. The catcher/designated player hit .538, slugged 1.231 and was on base 57% of the time. She knocked in 10 RBIs, scored five times, recorded a double, a triple and two home runs on top of not striking out once all week. She hit .500 with runners in scoring position, .600 with two outs, three of her 10 RBIs came with two outs and she posted four straight games with an RBI including three consecutive multi-RBI games.
“This is so exciting and I am flattered by the honor,” said Vasquez. “I felt really comfortable and calm at the plate all week. I really wanted to help my team get wins over Florida and Virginia and lucky I was able to do that. I have been working hard on producing in key situations to take some of the pressure off our pitchers.”
The junior started things off with a huge outing against reigning NFCA and ASA Player of the Week Jenny Gladding. In the first inning with two down, Gladding and the Gators didn’t want ASA National Player of the Year finalist Jessica van der Linden to beat them so they pitched her carefully and ended up walking the junior. That brought up Vasquez who made UF pay with a double plating the first run of the game and the only run FSU would need in the 5-0 win. It was d?j? vu all over again in the third as the Gators issued another walk to van der Linden with the bases empty and one out in the frame. This time Vasquez took a 3-2 Gladding offering over the fence in right for FSU’s second and third runs. In game two, Vasquez picked up right where she left off as FSU downed Florida 7-3. Vasquez singled in another RBI in the first and drove home another run in the third upping her RBI total to five against UF.
In a key ACC showdown with Virginia, the Tribe and Cavaliers were tied 0-0 in the fourth before Vasquez’s two-run triple plated the winning runs in a 5-0 shutout. The junior wasn’t done though as she followed a van der Linden walk in the sixth with her second homer of the week to right field to extend FSU to a 5-0 lead. In the finale versus UVa, Vasquez recorded her third straight game-winning hit as she singled home FSU’s second run in the first inning. The junior added another single later in the 12-1 win as she finished with her third multi-hit day of the week.
Florida State wraps-up the regular season with a road trip to Atlanta this weekend where they will try to extend the nation’s longest current winning streak. The Tribe will face Georgia State Saturday at 1:00 and 3:00 and then complete ACC play against defending champions Georgia Tech Sunday at 1:00 and 3:00. The Seminoles then return home to host the ACC Softball Championships May 9-11. For more information, please visit www.seminoles.com.