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Seminole Classic Day One Notes & Quotes

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Seminole Classic Day One Notes
February 17, 2006

Florida State matched its longest winning streak from the 2005 season with its sixth-straight win on Friday. The 6-1 start is the second best since the 2001 campaign when FSU also started the season 6-1. The 2004 edition jumped out to an 11-0 start.

The meeting between the Seminoles and Gamecocks had the second highest wins ever between the two head coaches. Florida State’s Dr. JoAnne Graf (1,315 wins) and South Carolina’s Joyce Compton (953), had combined for 2,268 wins coming into the game. The game that featured the most combined wins came last year when the Seminoles met Fresno State at the NFCA Classic in the first meeting of two coaches with more than 1,000 career wins. The all-time series between Graf and Compton is tied at 19 wins a piece, including one game when Compton was the head coach at Missouri.

After getting the victory in Friday’s first game against South Carolina, sophomore Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) factored into the decision in FSU’s first six games. The right-hander had four wins, one save and one loss. She had won the Seminoles’ last three games.

With a single in the first game against South Carolina and three more versus Iowa State, left fielder Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas) has reached base in her last 31 games with hits in 30-of-31 of those contests. Her three-hit game versus the Cyclones was her first since she went 3-for-4 against Virginia on April 24, 2005.

Center fielder Carly Brieske (Safety Harbor, Fla.) set a career-with four RBIs in the game against Iowa State. Her previous high was three RBIs against Florida A&M (Feb. 8) in the 2004 Seminole Classic and Feb. 15, 2004, against Southern Mississippi, which was also her last home run. It was the third home run of her career.

Jacob and Brieske are tied for the team lead with a .429 batting average (9-of-21). Jacob’s rate went up 143 points from .286 at the start of the daily, while Brieske’s increased from .308.

Left-hander Melissa May (San Diego, Calif.) pitched more innings on Friday (9) than she had in her previous three appearances (6). Her ERA dropped from 5.83 at the start of the day to a team-best 2.33 after the Iowa State game.

Shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) has three of the Seminoles’ game-winning hits. Against South Carolina she drilled a double off the wall in left field to score LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) and Kim Hoffer (Houston, Texas).

Post Game Quotes
FSU Head Coach Dr. JoAnne Graf:
On winning both games:
“I was pleased. I thought our pitchers grew up a lot today. They both threw pretty good games. Mel (Melissa May) came in to relieve Tiff (Tiffany McDonald), but not until the sixth inning and then came back to throw a complete game. I think that’s the one facet of our game we needed to come around and I’m really pleased with those kids today.”

On Melissa May’s performances:
“She came in with bases loaded against South Carolina and shut them down and that’s tremendous for any pitcher because they’ve got a great hitting team. Then to come out and not let Iowa State score, it was phenomenal. I think she is the kind of kid that is going to keep improving.”

On Natasha Jacob and Carly Brieske’s performances:
“Carly came inches from hitting a grand slam and Tasha had been on base a lot today. I really think they are showing the way for the underclassmen.”

On winning six-straight games:
“I think we’re just scoring runs. We know we’re going to have to score runs right now, but now I think we’re getting confidence in our pitchers and our defense. I think it’s going to be an offensive year, you’re going to have to score a lot of runs.”

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