March 8, 2004
Greensboro, NC –
So far in 2004 the Atlantic Coast Conference has handed out player of the week honors five times and for the fifth straight week a Seminole has been the recipient. Sophomore Natasha Jacob was named ACC Player of the Week after a career weekend at the 2004 Seminole Challenge leading Florida State to a 4-1 record. The sophomore led all FSU starters in batting (.462), triples (1), RBIs (6), game-winning RBIs (2), slugging (.692), sacrifices (2) and steals (2). She was second amongst starters in runs (4), hits (6), doubles (1), total bases (9) and on base percentage (.533).
In Jacob’s first three at bats of the weekend she recorded five RBIs, which was as many as she had in 53 starts as a freshman in 2003. In just 23 games this season the emerging star has already double her career high for RBIs in a season, hit her first ever triple and home run and both came in the last 10 days.
Jacob got off to a great start in FSU’s 8-0, five inning win over Penn State to open the tournament. The Texas native not only recorded the first triple of her career but she had two extra base hits in a game for the first time in her career as well. She drove in the game-winning run versus the Nittany Lions as she helped to break open a 0-0 game in the third. With two outs and runners on the corners, Jacob’s triple down the right field line cleared the diamond and put FSU in front 2-0. An inning later she came up again with two runners on and again plated them both as she doubled down the left field line this time. Drove in another game winner in the Rhode Island game. After Veronica Wootson opened the first with a triple, Jacob singled her home in an 11-0 win. It was her fifth RBI in just three at bats. The next day she was right back at it against St. John’s. In the first she drew a walk, stole a base and came around to score on Elisa Vasquez’s RBI single. With FSU trailing 4-3 in the sixth versus an upset minded Red Storm, Jacob’s RBI single tied the game and capped an FSU comeback from 4-1 down.
Florida State will return to the diamond Tuesday, March 9 at 4:00 p.m. for a doubleheader with Connecticut. The Seminoles then host No. 23 Notre Dame Thursday in a single game scheduled to start at 5:30. That all leads up to the 21st Annual Florida State Invitational taking place this weekend with 15 teams in town including four top 25 squads.
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