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Seminole Game Day: FSU Softball Makes First Road Trip Of 2006

Feb. 22, 2006

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Florida State at Jacksonville (DH)
Wednesday (February 22) 4 p.m. Jacksonville, Fla.
JU Softball Complex (500)

Florida State (7-2)
Home: 7-2
Away: 0-0
Neutral: 0-0
ACC: 0-0

Jacksonville (3-9) 
Home: 0-2 
Away: 0-2 
Neutral 3-5 
A-Sun: 0-0

Base Hits (What You Need To Know):
• Florida State head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf needs just one more win to become the second coach in NCAA history to post 1,100 wins.

• FSU won the Seminole Classic over the weekend, notching a 3-1 record against South Carolina and Iowa State.

• Left fielder Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas) was named Seminole Classic MVP. She ran her streak of consecutive games on base to 33 over the weekend.

• Joining Jacob on the All-Tournament Team was: Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela), Carly Brieske (Safety Harbor, Fla.), and Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.)

• The Seminoles are 4-2 against Jacksonville after a splitting last year’s series in Tallahassee. The two teams also split the only games in Jacksonville during 2004.

• FSU’s 7-2 record to start the year matches the second-best start since the 1998 season.

Florida State Makes First Road Trip Of `06 To Jacksonville
Following nine games at JoAnne Graf Field to start the season, the Florida State University softball team takes to the road for the first time in 2006. The Seminoles will travel 165 miles east on I-10 to Jacksonville for a 4 p.m. doubleheader with Jacksonville University. Florida State (7-2 overall), leads the all-time series 4-2 after the two teams split a twinbill in Tallahassee last year. They also split the only meeting in Jacksonville two years ago. The Dolphins (3-9) went 3-2 over the weekend at the Worth Invitational in Tampa and dropped their only two home games against Texas Tech.

Graf Needs One Win To Reach 1,100
The next win by the Seminoles will give head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf her 1,100th NCAA victory, making her the second coach to reach that milestone. Fresno State’s Margie Wright is the winningest coach in NCAA history with 1,173 triumphs. Graf holds the NFCA mark (slow pitch & fast pitch) with 1,318 wins.

Home Team Wins 2006 Seminole Classic
Florida State captured its first tournament title of the season when the host came away with the Seminole Classic title. The Seminoles swept a pair of games against Iowa State — 5-0 & 9-1 — while splitting with South Carolina — 4-3 & 2-4. The win over the Cyclones on Friday ran Florida State’s winning streak to six games, matching its best from the 2005 season. The tournament championship was the Seminoles’ first since winning the Tallahassee Regional of the 2004 NCAA Tournament and their first in-season title since they beat Michigan to claim the 2004 FSU Invitational.

Natasha Jacob Named Seminole Classic MVP
Two familiar faces and two new ones made up Florida State’s representation on the Seminole Classic All-Tournament team. Outfielder Natasha Jacob earned the second tournament MVP award of her career, following last year’s honor at the Florida State Invitational, and picked up her second all-tournament award of the season, seventh of her collegiate career. Outfielder Carly Brieske earned her second all-tournament nod in as many weeks, while pitcher Tiffany McDonald made her first all-tournament appearances since last year’s Sunshine State tournament. For junior transfer shortstop Yuruby Alicart the selection was her first at Florida State.

Seminole Classic Coaches Combine For More Than 2,000 Wins
The meetings between Florida State and South Carolina last weekend involved two of the most successful coaches in collegiate softball history. Coming into the tournament, between Dr. JoAnne Graf (1,315) and USC’s Joyce Compton (953), there were a combined 2,268 wins, which temporarily is the second most wins ever between a pair of coaches. Last year’s contest between Florida State and Fresno State at the NFCA Leadoff Classic featured the highest win total between opposing coaches as Graf (1,285) and the Bulldogs Margie Wright (1,130) combined for 2,415 wins. That mark will be broken when Florida State and Iowa play on Saturday at the Leadoff Classic as Graf will have at least 1,318 wins while Gayle Blevins brings 1,166 triumphs into the tournament for a total of 2,484 wins.

Florida State Off To Strong Start
The win over Iowa State improved Florida State to the 7-2 on the year, matching the second-best start to the season since the 1989 campaign. The 2001 squad also started 7-2 while the 2004 edition, that later went to the Women’s College World Series, started 11-0.

Eight Is Enough
Saturday’s 9-1 victory over Iowa State was Florida State’s third run-rule win of the season, matching the 2003 campaign for the second most in school history through the first nine games of the season, and already exceeding last year’s entire total. During the 2004 season, FSU won five of its first nine games by run rule.

Instant Offense
The nine runs in Saturday’s second game was Florida State’s fifth game of the season with five runs or more. The 11 hits marked the fourth time FSU has produced seven hits or more. Florida State is undefeated this season, 5-0, when it scores five runs or more.

Jacob Starts New Hit Streak, Continues On-Base Stretch
Four down, 25 to go. That’s what Natasha Jacob needs to match her old hitting streak after picking up a hit in each game of the Seminole Classic. While the new streak is in its infancy, the All-America candidate’s on-base streak currently stands at 33 games. Jacob had a monster Friday, going 2-for-3 against South Carolina and 3-for-4 with two runs scored versus Iowa State. The senior captain hit .467 for the weekend to up her batting average to a team-best .379 clip. She also leads FSU with a .471 on-base percentage.

Alicart Delivers At The Right Time
Shortstop Yuruby Alicart knows when to deliver the bit hit. Of her seven hits, four of them have driven in the eventual winning run, including her first FSU home run in the second game against Iowa State. She had the best day of her early career on Saturday, going 4-for-7 with three RBIs and a run scored.

Brieske Digs The Long Ball
Center fielder Carly Brieske set a career-with four RBIs, including three of them on a home run in the first 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.

Call VH1, McDonald May Have Had “Best Week Ever”
Sophomore Tiffany McDonald picked up her second win of the Seminole Classic and fourth on the week as she beat Iowa State 9-1 Saturday. The win was her fifth of the season as she got to five wins one week faster than she did last season. The right-hander took a perfect game into the fourth inning against the Cyclones and has factored into seven of FSU’s nine games this year with five wins, one loss and one save. For the week she had a 4-0 record, 0.85 ERA, 29 strikeouts in 24.2 innings of work.

Infield Fly Rule (News and Notes)
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 2.53 after the second Iowa State game…The pitching staff lowered its ERA from 6.61 at the start of the week to 2.88 as they gave up just six earned runs over the six games….Saturday’s second game was a contest of career highs and firsts for the Seminoles. Sophomore Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.) set a career high with three hits against Iowa State…Freshman Kim Petrovich (Plantation, Fla.) scored the first run of her collegiate career when she pinch ran in the fourth inning…Senior Carey Galuppi (Boca Raton, Fla.) made her first start of the season in right field…Florida State has five hitters batting .300 or higher — Jacob (.379), Wood (.357), Snyder (.350), Wootson (.333) and Brieske (.333) –with two more at a .290 clip or better.

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