April 13, 2007
First Pitch (What You Need To Know):
After a brief stop at home during its eight-game road swing, the Florida State softball is outside the state of Florida for its next three contests as it travels north to Chestnut Hill, Mass. to take on Boston College.
Both of Saturday’s games will not be carried live by ACC Select, but can be seen later through its On Demand service.
The Seminoles are coming off a 9-1, five-inning victory over Florida A&M on Wednesday. It was the 100th meeting between the two schools and Florida State holds a 93-7 advantage in the series, tying Cal State Fullerton for the most wins over any one school. The Titans are 93-7 versus UC Santa Barbara.
Florida State took two of three last year from the Eagles during their first meeting in the ACC. Overall, the Seminoles – who are making their first trip to Boston – lead the series 4-1. FSU took the first two games in 2001.
The Seminoles are 7-5 in their first trip to an ACC opponent’s field after dropping 2-of-3 at Virginia Tech last year. Florida State is 51-24 on the road during league competition as part of its 109-39 overall conference record.
Since returning from the trip to California, FSU hurler Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) has a 1.19 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 58.2 innings pitched.
Shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) had a monster year versus Boston College in 2006. She hit .800 (8-of-10) with five runs scored and five RBIs.
Florida State Back On The Road This Weekend At Boston College
After a brief stop at home, the Florida State softball team is back on the road this weekend as it travels up north to take on Boston College. The Seminoles and Eagles play a three-game ACC series starting with Saturday’s 1 p.m. doubleheader. Both games will not be live on ACC Select, but will be available later through the service’s On Demand feature. The two teams wrap up the series at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Seminoles Dominating Young Series With Eagles
So far Florida State has had the upper hand over Boston College as the series between the two schools is in its infancy. The Eagles did win their inaugural ACC contest 7-5 over the Seminoles last year, but Florida State bounced back to score 15 runs in the final two games to take the series. The Seminoles hit .434 as a team last year against the Eagles with five hitters above .500. Yuruby Alicart was tops on the team with her .800 average, followed by LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.) at .625 (5-of-8) and Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) at .500 (5-of-10).
FSU Trying To Get Out Of Road Funk
Traveling away from JoAnne Graf Field hasn’t been to the Seminoles’ liking this year. Florida State is just 4-7 in road games this year and when factoring in neutral site games, 8-12 in contests away from home. On the road the team batting average drops from .306 to .251 while the ERA rises from 0.96 to 2.75. No player may like home more than outfielder Carly Wynn (Sharpsburg, Ga.) as she’s hitting .476 at home, compared to .282 on the road. Fellow outfielder Jessica Gilmore (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) is the top hitter on the team during away games with her .350 average.
100th Meeting Goes To The Seminoles As FSU Beats FAMU 9-1
While the series between Florida State and Florida A&M has been close of late, the most recent contest wasn’t. The Seminoles pounded out six hits and took advantage of four FAMU errors for the 9-1 victory in five innings on Wednesday. It was the 100th meeting between the two schools and FSU holds a 93-7 advantage. Veronica Wootson went 2-for-3 with two runs scored while Yuruby Alicart and Brittany Osmon (San Diego, Calif.) each drove in a team-best two runs.
News And Notes…
Florida State drew seven walks against the Rattlers to up its season total to 147, which is already the 15th highest total and just nine free passes behind last year’s total … In the first NCAA rankings released Tuesday, FSU is seventh with 0.53 doubles plays per game while the staff ERA of 1.72 ranks 28th. Tiffany McDonald is 30th with her 1.27 ERA and Veronica Wootson holds the No. 32 spot with 0.56 stolen bases per game … Speaking of stolen bases, FSU swiped five bases versus the Rattlers to move up to 14th in school history with 67 stolen bases. Wootson’s team-best 26 steals is the most since Brandi Stuart had 36 in 2003. Catcher Robin Ahrberg (Stillwater, Okla.) stole her first collegiate base when she and LaShaun Davis pulled off the double steal vs. FAMU.