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Seminole Softball Game Day: FSU Wraps Up ACC Home Slate This Weekend With Virginia

April 20, 2007

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Florida State Softball
Florida State vs. Virginia
Saturday-Sunday, April 21-22
1 p.m.(DH)/1 p.m.
Tallahassee, Fla.
JoAnne Graf Field At Seminole Softball Complex

ACC Select
Game One Gametracker
Game Two Gametracker
Game Three Gametracker

First Pitch (What You Need To Know):
• Riding a five-game winning streak, the Florida State softball plays team host to its final conference series when Virginia comes to into town for a three-game series starting with Saturday’s (April 21) 12 p.m. doubleheader.

• All three games of this weekend’s series with the Cavaliers can be seen live on ACC Select by logging on to: http://fsu.playonsports.tv/.

• On Sunday, Florida State will honor its four seniors (Yuruby Alicart, LaShaun Davis, Brittany Krbec & Veronica Wootson) before Sunday’s 12 p.m. game.

• The Seminoles hold a 53-15 advantage over the Cavaliers after the two teams split last year’s series. FSU is 26-3 at home versus UVA and 26-9 during ACC games.

• Freshman Terese Gober (McDonough, Ga.) threw the first no-hitter of her collegiate career in game one on Tuesday against Jacksonville.

• During its current five-game winning streak, FSU is hitting .325 with 0.44 ERA.

• Florida State, which is currently tied with Georgia Tech for fourth, is three ACC wins shy of tying the school record for conference wins.

• Over the last eight games the Seminoles are averaging 6.25 runs per game and have hit eight home runs.

• Home runs by Jessica Gilmore and Brittany Osmon in game two against Jacksonville upped FSU’s total to 37, the second most in school history.

FSU Wraps Up ACC Home Slate This Weekend With Virginia
After hitting the road for its last two Atlantic Coast Conference series, the Florida State softball team is back at home this weekend for the final time in conference action as it takes on Virginia in a three-games series. The Seminoles (33-19, 8-6 ACC) and Cavaliers (15-31, 1-14) start their three-game set with a noon doubleheader on Saturday (April 21), followed the next day by a single 12 p.m. contest. All three games of this weekend’s series can be seen live on the internet through ACC Select.

Seminoles Have The Wahoos Number, Particularly At Home
Over the last seven years, Florida State has dominated the series with Virginia as FSU holds a 21-3 advantage since 1999, including a 15-2 mark during the regular seasons. Following a sweep of the 2005 series in Tallahassee, the Seminoles have won 12 in a row at home over the Cavaliers with UVA’s last win in the Big Bend coming during the second game of the 1997 series. Overall, Florida State holds a 53-15 advantage over Virginia – its most wins over any ACC school and the second most wins behind FSU’s 97 against Florida A&M. FSU is 26-3 at home versus UVA and 26-9 during ACC play.

Rookie Third Baseman Is Lone Bright Spot For Cavaliers
It’s tough to find highlights when your team only has one conference victory, but Virginia third baseman Kelly Haller is giving the folks in Charlottesville something to talk about. The freshman is third in the ACC with her .421 batting average and ranks in the ACC Top Ten is six more categories. The loss of Erin Horn – now a volunteer coach with UVA – has hurt the pitching staff as Virginia ranks last in the ACC with a 5.69 ERA. Virginia head coach Karen Johns is very familiar with Florida State, after serving as the head coach at Florida from 2001-05. Johns had a 3-7 record as the dugout boss in Gainesville and is 4-8 overall versus FSU.

FSU Runs Winning Streak To Five Games
With Sweep Of Dolphins Bucking the trend of splitting with Jacksonville that dates back to 2004, the Seminoles ran their winning streak to five games on Tuesday by sweeping both games from the Dolphins. FSU took advantage of three JU errors to break open a 1-0 game in the fourth as FSU scored seven runs in its final three at-bats to win game one 8-0 in six innings. Terese Gober threw the first no hitter of her collegiate career. Back-to-back home runs by Jessica Gilmore and Brittany Osmon in the sixth inning cushioned FSU’s lead in game two and Melissa May (San Diego, Calif.) limited JU to just four hits in the 3-0 decision.

Seminoles Digging The Long Ball
The softball continues to fly out of the field with more regularity for the Seminoles as home runs by Jessica Gilmore and Brittany Osmon upped FSU’s total to 37 for the year, which is just seven back of the school record set in 2004. The 20 combined home runs by Yuruby Alicart (11) and Veronica Wootson (9) ties their mark from last year for the most by two players. This year ten players have hit at least one home run and nine have two or more, which is the most since 2004 when 11 players hit one and 10 had two plus.

Seminoles Trying To Tie Longest Winning Streak Of The Season
A win in the series opener with Virginia would match Florida State’s longest winning streak of the season at six games. The Seminoles started the year by taking six in a row before falling to Kansas and then again to open the Florida State Invitational before going down to #21 Georgia. The longest winning streak over the last three seasons is six from both the 2006 & 2005 squads while the 2004 edition won 14 in a row and 25 of 26 on its way to the World Series. All-time Florida State has 11 winning streaks of 15 games or more, including the 1985 squad which rattled off an FSU-best 32 game streak.

FSU Ahead On Pace To Improve On 2006 And 2005
While it might be a slight difference, at this point in the season the Seminoles are ahead of the two previous seasons. Last year Florida State was 31-21 at this juncture and held a 32-19 mark during the 2005 campaign. A lot will depend on how the Seminoles close the year. In 2005 Florida State went just 3-9 the rest of the season while the 2006 addition posted a 13-9 mark and advanced to the NCAA Super Regional. FSU is scoring more runs per game (five) than either of the last two years and it’s ERA (1.60) is better than both.

Pitching Staff Continues To Keep Opponents Off The Scoreboard
After going 134 games without back-to-back shutouts, the Seminoles are making gooseggs more of a habit. Florida State’s pitching staff has posted shutouts in three of its last four games, including its last two. In fact, six of FSU’s last 12 games have been shutouts. So far this season FSU has 15 shutouts, compared to just nine last season and 15 the year before. During the 2004 WCWS campaign the Seminoles had 35 shutouts, including two stretches of four-straight.

Seminoles Getting Total Team Effort During Winning Streak
All three factions of Florida State have been tremendous during the current five game winning streak. At the plate, the Seminoles are hitting .325 – nine players have three hits or more – while the pitching staff is kicking in a 0.44 ERA to go along with an outstanding .992 fielding percentage. Leading the way at the plate is first baseman Brittany Osmon with her .571 batting average and four RBIs. Two-time All-American Veronica Wootson is hitting .483 with seven runs scored and has stolen three bases. Pitcher Tiffany McDonald (Belfair, Wash.) has an 0.00 ERA and a 2-0 record while Terese Gober matches her ERA to go along with 16 strikeouts. Melissa May has surrendered the only two earned runs during that stretch, but she has picked up the other two victories.

Gober’s No Hitter Completes Hat Trick For FSU Pitching Staff
Up until Tuesday Terese Gober was the odd woman out amongst the everyday pitchers as she was the only hurler on the staff to not throw a no-hitter this year. She joined Tiffany McDonald and Melissa May by throwing her first collegiate no-no in the opener against Jacksonville. The right-hander actually had a perfect game through the first 5 1/3 of the game until she hit Amber Mosely and walked Valerie Alter. The three no hitters is the most since the 2004 squad produced eight.

Newcomers Leading The Way During ACC Games
Five of the top six hitters during conference games are new to Florida State this year, led by rookie Monica Montez (Corona, Calif.) who has a team-best .393 average during league games. Over the last three series, she’s upped that mark to .423 and catcher Brittany Krbec (Orlando, Fla.) is close behind during that same stretch with a .385 mark. While they haven’t been as consistent, Veronica Wootson and Yuruby Alicart have been coming through with timely hits as they have produced FSU’s last three game-winning hits during conference games. In the last three series, Alicart is tied with Jessica Gilmore with six RBIs, while Wootson has three home runs during that stretch. In the circle Tiffany McDonald is third in the ACC with a 1.32 ERA.

McDonald Enjoying Not Having To Carry The Workload
Apart from the coaching staff, no one may be happier with the production from the entire pitching staff than junior hurler Tiffany McDonald. At this juncture last year, McDonald had thrown 61 percent (213.2-of-351.0) of Florida State’s innings, compared to just 43 percent (152.1-of-358.0). Virtually all of her per game statistics are better at this point in the year, especially her ERA which is down to 1.19, the second best in the ACC, from 2.16 and she actually has one fewer loss, but eight fewer wins.

Freshman More Than Pulling Their Weight
Even though the Seminoles have a strong group of veteran players, the freshmen are making their presence known. Florida State has position freshmen who have made at least 20 starts and been in 30 or more games. The top hitter on the team right now is rookie Carly Wynn (Sharpsburg, Ga.) at .355. She leads the league during ACC games with 0.45 doubles per game and she’s sixth at 1.1 hits, seventh with 0.27 stolen bases, eighth at a .462 on-base percentage and ninth with her .382 average. Fellow rookie outfielder Monica Montez is hitting .319 overall – .393 in the ACC which rates fifth. Freshman hurler Terese Gober is in the ACC top ten in four categories, including ERA where she is eighth at 2.15.

News and Notes:
Sunday will be the third time in the last five years FSU has honored its seniors against Virginia. On Senior Day 2005 Tatiana George hit a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the seventh to beat the Cavaliers 3-2 … Florida State is 6-1 in its last four senior days with the only loss coming to Troy last year when current FSU senior Brittany Krbec – then at Troy – drove in the game winning run to help the Trojans beat FSU 4-2 … With eight ACC wins, FSU is the only school over the last five years to win at least eight games every year and two more wins by the Seminoles and Georgia Tech would make them the only two programs to win 10 or more games since the ACC switched its scheduling format to three-game series … Sunday is Kids Take Over The Park Day with children ages 14 and under able to take part in such duties as public address, scoreboard and promotions. Following the 12 p.m. game there will be a skills clinic hosted by the Seminoles. To sign up, email Kyle Lavetsky in the FSU Marketing Office at klavetsky@fsu.edu.

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