Feb. 12, 2007
Florida State Softball #25/25
Florida State at Georgia Southern
Tuesday, February 13 2 p.m. (DH) Statesboro, Ga.
#25/25 Florida State (4-0)
Georgia Southern (0-2)
First Pitch (What You Need To Know):
The home team captured the title of the Seminole Classic as FSU went 4-0 on the weekend – its first 4-0 start since 2004 – including an 8-0 victory over Samford in the championship game.
Junior hurler Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) threw the second no-hitter of her career as she beat Florida A&M 5-0 on Friday night. Her last no-no was on March 30, 2005, versus Jacksonville, which was also the last no hitter by a Seminole.
Player of the Year candidate Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) was named MVP of the Seminole Classic after hitting a team-best .545 with nine runs scored, five RBIs and five stolen bases.
Rookie Monica Montez (Corona, Calif.) hit the first home run of the year for Florida State, a two-run walk-off homer against Samford in the sixth inning of the championship game of the Seminole Classic.
All 10 of Florida State’s new players got into at least one game last weekend. Rookie hurler Terese Gober (McDonough, Ga.) got the victory in her collegiate debut as she gave up just two hits in the 2-1 win over Radford.
Wootson scored nearly a third of FSU’s runs last week to move into a tie for tenth in ACC history with 147 career runs scored. She is tied with former teammate Natasha Jacob and Virginia’s Ruby Rojas.
Senior captain LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) set a career-high with two doubles against Samford and tied another with her three RBIs versus the Bulldogs.
Seminoles Take To The Road For First Time At Georgia Southern
After sweeping four home contests last weekend, the No. 25 Florida State softball team takes to the road for the first time in 2007 as it travels to Georgia Southern for a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Tuesday (Feb. 13). Last season the Seminoles (4-0 overall) swept the Eagles (0-2) on Valentine’s Day with 3-2 and 10-2 decisions. Georgia Southern did end Natasha Jacob’s 28-game hitting streak in the night cap. FSU leads the all-time series 30-3, but GSU has taken a game off the Seminoles during their last two trips to Statesboro.
Home Team Claims Title At The Seminole Classic
Using the momentum from last year, the Seminoles came out of the gates fast in 2007 as they swept all four games to claim the title at the Seminole Classic. FSU collected a pair of run-rule victories, including an 8-0 triumph over Samford in the championship game. The Seminoles opened the tournament with a 13-5 win over the Bulldogs in five innings before beating Florida A&M 5-0 and Radford 2-1.
McDonald No Hits Rattlers
Coming into the weekend, pitcher Tiffany McDonald was not sure she was going to throw that much and she certainly did not expect to have the evening she did on Friday night. The junior threw the second no hitter of her career as she stifled the Florida A&M bats for the 5-0 victory .The no hitter is her first no-no since an 11-0 victory over Jacksonville on March 30, 2005. During her seven innings of work, the right-hander only issued three walks and had one runner reach base on an error. McDonald only faced two batters over the minimum through the first five innings and started the game by striking out the first five batters.
Wootson Starts Player Of The Year Campaign On A High Note
There was very little question as to who should be the MVP of the Seminole Classic. Player of the Year candidate Veronica Wootson was an offensive force all weekend as she hit a team-best .545 with nine runs scored, five RBIs and five stolen bases along with an .818 slugging percentage and .643 on-base percentage. Over the weekend, Wootson moved up to eighth in ACC history and third in FSU lore with her 19th career triple. She forged a tie for tenth in the league and seven at FSU with 147 runs while going up on the FSU doubles (6th – 280) and hits (10th – 212) lists.
Newcomers Make A Big Impact In Opening Weekend
All 10 of FSU’s new players saw action last weekend and the majority of them made a significant impact. Transfer Brittany Krbec (Orlando, Fla.) and rookie Robin Ahrberg (Stillwater, Okla.) split the catcher and designated player duties and were nearly identically with .455 and .444 batting averages, respectively. Freshman Terese Gober gave up just one run on two hits to get the victory over Radford. Rookie outfielder Monica Montez ended the title game early with a walk-off two-run home run while fellow outfield newbie Carly Wynn (Sharpsburg, Ga.) hit .400 for the weekend with an outfield assist.